On 6 March 2013, NSW Fair Trading released a draft occupancy agreement for general boarding houses, for public comment. The Boarding Houses Act 2012, which partially commenced on 1 January 2013, provides that the Commissioner for Fair Trading may publish a standard form occupancy agreement for use in ‘general boarding houses’, use of which will not be mandatory. (A separate agreement will be developed by Ageing, Disability and Home Care for assisted boarding houses.) The draft occupancy agreement covers issues such as occupants’ right to quiet enjoyment, inspections and access, fee increases, utility charges, security deposits, termination, dispute resolution and written receipts. Feedback is due by 15 April 2013. Read about the draft agreement.