Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced on Facebook on Thursday morning that the government would release new housing guidelines to protect renters rights in Taiwan. The new guidelines, which were first introduced in February, will take effect on June 1.
The new guidelines focus on three main aspects of renters’ frustrations in Taiwan, though it will contain additional regulations. The guidelines stipulate: 1. The deposit must not exceed two months’ rent; 2. The landlord must not prohibit tenants from registering household registration; and 3. Landlords must not overcharge for electricity usage. The second point also applies to early termination of a lease, and the third point will follow electricity prices set by Taipower.
The new regulations will also include restrictions on the use of rental properties, repairs, interior decorating, and the responsibilities of both parties. There are also protections for landlords to guard against tenants passing along personal expenses. In the case of repairs, the new guidelines stipulate that it is the responsibility of the landlord to make repairs unless the damage was caused by the tenant.
The new renters’ rights will apply to new leases signed on or after June 1.
If landlords violate the terms of the new guidelines, the lease immediately becomes invalid. Landlords will also face a fine of up to NT$300,000 (US$9500). Landlords who cut off electricity or water access during the lease period will face criminal charges.