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.
From 1 May 2022 normal residential tenancy arrangements apply in Queensland following the expiry of COVID-19 temporary regulatory measures on 30 April 2020.
On 20 October 2021, the domestic and family violence (DFV) protections introduced under the COVID-19 residential tenancies response became permanent under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.
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.
If you need help with your tenancy, talk to the RTA:
- Call 1300 366 311, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
- Residential Tenancies Authority
For more information on rental law reform, email rentinginQld@chde.qld.gov.au
- Last updated:
- 3 May 2022