Residential tenancy changes proposed

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) that identifies policy options to change Queensland’s tenancy laws, and the impacts of each option, has been released for consultation.

The material available is here.

  • Introducing Minimum Housing Standards for Safety, Security and Functionality Combined with Enhanced Repairs and Maintenance Provisions
  • Establish mechanisms to manage minor modifications with appropriate safeguards for property owners to protect their investment. This includes notices and notice periods, reasonable grounds for refusing requests for minor modification for tenants’ amenity or personalisation and requiring owners to seek a QCAT order to refuse health, safety, accessibility or security modifications.

Ending tenancies fairly
Recommended option:
Option 5: Require property owners and managers to only end tenancy agreements for approved reasons (and introduce additional grounds).

Renting with pets
Recommended options:
Option 4—Information disclosure measures combined with reasonable grounds, tribunal order and special conditions legislation; and
Option 6—Allow owners to charge a separate pet bond.