Queensland Rental Laws Under Review
With more Queenslanders renting, and renting for longer, the Queensland Government is undertaking a review of Queensland’s rental laws.
It is important that our rental laws support individuals and families to find a safe and stable home in the rental market.
The priority is to provide a strong, balanced approach that protects renters and rental property owners while improving stability in the rental market.
Stage 1 rental law reforms have already made it fairer for renters through measures including stronger eviction safeguards, establishing minimum housing standards for rental properties, and making it easier to have pets.
We’ve also introduced other measures as an immediate action to address the cost of living pressures for renters including:
Limiting rent increase frequency
The government has taken immediate action to stabilise rents in the private rental market by reducing rent increase frequency to once a year for all residential tenancy agreements and rooming accommodation agreements.
This annual limit will apply to all new and existing tenancies from 1 July 2023.
Rent support through the Rental Security Subsidy
The government’s Rental Security Subsidy scheme can help by paying a portion of your rent directly to your property manager for up to 12 months if you’re facing short-term financial barriers such as additional bills, the sudden loss of employment or health issues. The level of rent subsidy is based on factors such as total household income and your circumstances.
Stage 2 Rental Law Reform
Now our government has released the Stage 2 Rental Law Reform Options Paper.
Feedback is being sought on proposed changes to tenancy law including:
- Installing modifications – make it easier for renters to install the safety, security and accessibility modifications they need;
- Making minor personalisation changes – help parties negotiate about making minor personalisation changes to rental properties;
- Balancing privacy and access – better balance renters’ rights to privacy with owners’ need for information to inform their investment decisions;
- Improving the rental bond process – ensure rental bond settings provide appropriate security and parties are transparent and accountable for their bond claims; and
- Fairer fees and charges – ensure rent payment, utility and reletting fees and charges are fair and reasonable.
To help with the review of Queensland’s rental laws, renters, rental property owners and managers, and the Queensland community are invited to have their say on the Options Paper – via an online survey or by providing a written submission.
To give your feedback and for more information, visit https://yoursay.chde.qld.gov.au/hub-page/stage-2-rental-law-reform or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68). Public consultation is now open. Submissions close 5pm, Monday 29 May 2023.
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