Increasing numbers of Queenslanders rent their home – around one and a half million people, or 34.2% of all households. The Queensland government is currently reviewing renting laws. Make Renting Fair in Qld is calling for progressive change so that renters can live in decent, safe places, under fair conditions – a place where they can create a home for themselves and their families.
Domestic and family violence protections
Everyone has the right to feel safe and live their life free of violence, abuse or intimidation. It is important that rental tenancy laws support people who experience domestic and family violence.
Being able to personalise our physical space is identified as a significant contributor to psychological wellbeing. With long-term renting the housing reality for many people, it is an important reform that people who rent their home be allowed to undertake reasonable minor modifications.
Give people the right to stay in their rental homes and prevent unfair evictions
People who rent their home should have the right to stay if they are doing the right thing. Right now, renters can be asked to leave without being given any reason. We need to change the laws to stop people from being evicted from their homes without any reason.
To Make Renting Fair in Queensland, we need to make sure there is a good reason within the law before a person is asked to leave their home.
Keep rents fair to keep people in their homes
To Make Renting Fair in Queensland, let’s
1. Limit rent increases to one annually; and
2. Require rent increases more than 20% above the CPI to be justified by the lessor in the tribunal
Make sure that people who rent their homes are treated fairly and with honesty
People who rent their home should be able to rely on the information from their lessor or agent as clear, honest and understandable.
To Make Renting Fair in Queensland, let’s allow renters to access to tenancy dispute processes to ensure that lessors act in a fair and reasonable way.
Enforce basic standards for rental homes
To Make Renting Fair let’s
a. Require periodic third party inspection regime
b. Introduce transparency between tenancies regarding repair, maintenance and orders of the tribunal.
Keep people together with their pets in their rental homes
To Make Renting Fair, people who rent should be able to keep their pets in their rental homes.
Make it easier for people who rent to get their bond money back when moving
To Make Renting Fair in Queensland, the bond should always be returned to tenants unless s the lessor makes a substantiated a claim against the bond.
Protect people’s privacy by making sure that they have fair warning before someone enters their home
To Make Renting Fair in Queensland increase all 24 hour entry notice periods to 48 hours.