What do the new Queensland renting laws mean for you?

October 14, 2021

New tenancy laws finally passed in Queensland parliament, concluding stage one. In brief, here is what you can expect: Changes include: the reasons tenancies can be ended, the introduction of minimum housing standards  renting with pets; and increased protections for people experiencing domestic and family violence. 1: Reasons tenancies can be ended (commencement date not … Read More

MEDIA RELEASE: Government passes new renting laws.

October 14, 2021

MEDIA RELEASE Today, the Palaszczuk Government passed its new tenancy legislation with some amendments, calling it ‘striking the right balance between renters and property owners’. Advocates from the community sector have welcomed the long overdue rental reform acknowledging some amendments will improve Queensland renters’ rights but expressing concern that protections do not go far enough. … Read More

Election 2020 Scorecard – how the parties compare

October 23, 2020

In the leadup to the Queensland State election, we have asked each of the major parties about their policies in relation to changing and improving our State’s tenancy laws. We put forward 10 questions to the parties. To date only the Greens, the LNP and the ALP have responded, with a promise to respond having … Read More

The Animal Welfare League QLD joins Make Renting Fair

February 26, 2020

  The Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) has joined forces with Make Renting Fair QLD, and formally asked the Hon Mick de Brenni to amend Queensland’s tenancy laws. “Many people rely on their pets for companionship. It should be unlawful to discriminate against someone because they have a pet as part of their family,” says the … Read More

Cate sees the reforms as a win-win for landlords and tenants

December 20, 2019

“After reading the State government’s proposed reforms, I don’t see any changes that are outside the parameters of basic human respect and dignity,” says Cate, a South-East Queensland resident and landlord with two rental properties. In her opinion, the reforms will provide a better opportunity for the two-way relationship between a tenant and landlord to … Read More

Your rental reform ideas: “Tenants need to have rights…”

October 2, 2019

We asked and you answered! Here’s one of the many rental reform ideas that have been contributed by Queenslanders… “Tenants need to have rights, which as far as I’m concerned, we don’t have. The laws are made to protect relators and landlords instead. “I have been to the Tribunal before, and the landlord had proper … Read More

International Tenants Day – photo and art competition

September 24, 2019

Tenants Queensland invites all tenants across Queensland to participate in our photo competition, capturing what ‘A sense of home’ means to you. Tell us in a caption “A sense of home is…” You have until October 4 to send your photos and/or artworks – 1 – Email or mail your photo or photo of artwork, … Read More

Tenants deserve greater respect of their privacy

July 17, 2019

Have you ever missed checking your mailbox for a single day? As a tenant, this benign act could result in your lessor catching you in a compromising position the next day, or having your home accessed without your knowledge. Neither of those scenarios seems fair. In some circumstances under current Queensland law, a lessor or … Read More

Tenancy Law Changes in the ACT

February 26, 2019

Last week the ACT assembly passed a bill to make renting fairer in the ACT.  Changes include: a default position that tenants can have pets and even where a tenant is required to seek consent it can only be refused if ACAT has approved the refusal. Rent increases of up to a prescribed amount, if … Read More