Qld govt proposes reformed rental laws

·2-min read

The Queensland government has proposed new legislation to make it easier for tenants to end leases, keep pets, and stop evictions.

As part of the new laws, minimum standards will be enforced to ensure all Queensland rental properties meet standards for safety, security and functionality and will provide clear approved grounds for how a tenancy can be terminated.

Property owners will not be able to issue a notice to leave 'without grounds', providing tenants with more certainty, and a tenant can end their interest in a lease with seven days' notice if they are unable to safely continue due to domestic and family violence reasons.

Minister for housing and communities Leanne Enoch says the reforms provide more rights to tenants and will deliver certainty to the 34 per cent of Queenslander households who currently rent.

"The new laws provide a strong, balanced approach that protects the rights of renters and lessors, while improving stability in the rental market," she said.

"At a time when more Queenslanders are renting, and renting for longer, we need to encourage market growth to help increase the number of rental properties in Queensland, while also protecting the rights of tenants.

"Our legislation strikes the right balance between the needs of the community, while also supporting continued investment in the housing market."

The reforms come following extensive public consultation where 135,000 submissions were made to the Open Doors to Renting Reform consultation.

It also progresses stage one of the state government's rental law reforms where 15,000 responses were received.

In light of extensive consultations, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland has backed the reforms saying the government addressed key stakeholders to seek a fair and balanced outcome in renting changes.

"We recognise that tenancy laws in Queensland must be modernised to keep pace with our changing rental landscape," CEO Antonia Mercorella said.

She added that the regulatory framework is critical to providing security to both tenants and owners, and the reforms do exactly that.

But the laws were not without opposition, as Greens MP Amy McMahon moved an amendment for all property investor MPs to excuse themselves from debate due to conflict of interest, however it was voted down.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting