The Palaszczuk government has released its first round of proposals today for the reform of renting laws in Queensland! The proposals are contained in a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) with a six week consultation period closing on December 28. The documents are available at www.qld.gov.au/rentinginqld

There is plenty of opportunity in the proposal to make renting fairer in Queensland including:

  • Ending Tenancies – the removal of without ground tenancy terminations
  • Safety and Security – including minimum standards for rental properties;  new orders to enable renters to have repairs attended to;  rent cap properties where orders are not complied with; and make an order against a property rather than a tenancy.
  • Domestic and Family Violence – to allow people experiencing DFV to end the agreement quickly, regain their bond and broaden the evidence accepted about the situation.
  • Minor modifications –to allow more streamlined process for renters to implement safety and amenity modifications.
  • Pets – making it easier for tenants to have pets.

How you can help!  Make yourself aware of the proposals and submit a response to the proposals. Make Renting Fair will be making a thorough analysis of the proposals and will let you know what we support and don’t support.

Soon we will be provide more detail on how you can effectively engage in the process.

If you haven’t already signed up, please do at www.makeretingfair.org.au and receive supporter updates.  We all need to be involved to Make Renting Fair in Queensland.