Rental law reform
Rental law reform in Queensland
In 2018, we received over 137,000 responses through the Open Doors to Renting Reform consultation program. Queenslanders shared their rental experiences and ideas about how renting in Queensland can be improved.
We released A Better Renting Future Reform Roadmap in 2019 outlining a 2-staged reform process in response to the consultation.
In 2019, we received over 15,200 responses providing feedback on detailed reform options outlined in the Stage 1 Rental Law Reform Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement. This feedback provided us with valuable suggestions to ensure Queensland’s rental laws support renters, rental property owners and managers.
COVID-19 Response for residential tenancies
In 2020, the Queensland Government acted swiftly to implement, adjust and extend temporary regulatory measures to support the residential rental sector manage the impacts of COVID-19 on residential leases.
The COVID-19 emergency measures tested key elements of Stage 1 reform options across several priority renting issues, including:
- prohibiting property owner-initiated no grounds terminations
- allowing renters experiencing domestic and family violence to end their interest in a residential lease quickly and safely
- balancing parties’ entry and privacy rights
- requiring parties to attempt conciliation to resolve disputes.
On 1 May 2021, the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 response was adjusted to continue supporting the residential rental sector transition back to normal tenancy arrangements with entry and repair obligations returning to those required under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.
Important protections continue to apply for renters until 30 September 2021, including:
- provisions allowing renters experiencing domestic and family violence to end their tenancies quickly
- protection against being listed in a tenancy database for COVID-19 pandemic rent arrears
- limited reletting costs for eligible renters who end their fixed term lease early
- short-term tenancy statement extensions for moveable dwelling agreements.
More information is available on the Residential Rental Hub.
For more information on rental law reform, email rentinginQld@hpw.qld.gov.au
- Last updated:
- 18 June 2021