Unreasonable rent increases can force tenants to leave their homes to find more affordable premises. Rents can be increased every six months and if a tenant thinks the increase is unreasonable, they have to find the market data to dispute the increase. Protection from unreasonable rent increases is needed to ensure they are not used to end tenancies by stealth and to avoid opportunistic behaviour.
To Make Renting Fair in Queensland, let’s
- Limit rent increases to one annually; and
- Require that reasons for rent increases more than 20% above the CPI be argued for by the lessor in the Tribunal for example if there were significant repairs or increased amenity.