New Changes in Queensland Rental Legislation: What You Need to Know (Effective 6 July 2024)

New Changes in Queensland Rental Legislation: What You Need to Know (Effective 6 July 2024)

New Changes in Queensland Rental Legislation: What You Need to Know (Effective 6 July 2024)

Exciting Changes in Queensland Rental Legislation: What You Need to Know (Effective 6 July 2024)


Queensland’s rental market just got a major update! The new rental legislation, effective 6 July 2024, brings important changes that both landlords and tenants need to know. Let’s break down the key changes and how they impact you.


1. New Minimum Standards for Rental Properties


The new laws set minimum standards to ensure every rental property in Queensland is safe and comfortable. Here’s what’s required:


  • Safety Features: Functional smoke alarms, secure windows and doors, and good lighting in common areas.
  • Structural Integrity: Buildings must be solid with no major defects or hazards.
  • Sanitary Facilities: All properties must have working toilets, showers, and basins.

For detailed information on the new minimum standards, visit the Queensland Government Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2021.


2. Changes to Rent Increases


There are now stricter rules on how and when rent can be raised:


  • Frequency: Rent can only go up once every 12 months for all tenancies.
  • Notice Period: Landlords must give tenants at least 60 days' notice before a rent increase.
  • Fair Market Rent: Rent hikes must match market rates. Tenants can challenge increases if they seem too high.


To understand more about these changes, refer to the Residential Tenancies Authority guidelines.


3. Stronger Tenant Rights


Tenants gain more security and stability with these updates:


  • No-Grounds Evictions: Landlords can’t terminate a tenancy without a valid reason after the fixed-term period ends.
  • Modification Rights: Tenants can make minor changes to the property without needing landlord approval, provided they are reversible.
  • Pet Ownership: Landlords can't unreasonably deny tenants' requests to keep pets, though reasonable conditions may apply.

For a comprehensive overview of tenant rights, visit the RTA's tenant information page.


4. New Landlord Obligations


Landlords now have more responsibilities to maintain their properties:


  • Repairs and Maintenance: Necessary repairs must be done promptly—emergency repairs within 24 hours and non-urgent ones within 14 days.
  • Disclosure Requirements: Any known issues affecting health and safety must be disclosed before signing a tenancy agreement.
  • Record Keeping: Detailed records of rental payments, maintenance requests, and tenant communications must be kept.


Learn more about landlord obligations on the Queensland Government’s Landlord's Responsibilities page.


5. Improved Dispute Resolution


Resolving disputes is now easier and quicker:


  • Mediation Services: The Queensland Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) offers enhanced mediation to settle disputes without formal hearings.
  • Tribunal Processes: If mediation doesn’t work, disputes can go to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for a binding decision, with a more user-friendly process.


Find more details on dispute resolution at the RTA's dispute resolution page.


In Summary


These changes mark a big step towards a fairer rental market in Queensland. It’s crucial for landlords and tenants to understand and adapt to these new rules to stay compliant and protect their rights.


At ADS Realty, we're here to help you navigate these changes. If you have questions or need assistance with your rental property, don’t hesitate to reach out. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.


Feel free to contact us today for more information or personalised advice!

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