The balance of power generally lies with the landlord in Australia’s overheated rental market. Long-term residential leases are virtually unheard of, and limits on rent increases are few and far between.
I disagree that the balance lies with the landlord, my daughter due to work causing her to move to a new area had to rent her house out and one tenant signed a 12 month lease and within 3months was always 2-3 weeks late in paying. Eventually she stopped paying. She claimed to the tribunal that she could no longer afford to pay and they allowed her out of the lease and allowed the bond to be used for back rent which is normally illegal.
Some tenants know the system and game it well.