Queensland’s new rental laws have commenced

The Queensland Government’s Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (HLA Bill) was passed by Parliament on Thursday, 14 October and became law on Wednesday, 20 October 2021.

The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) has commenced administering Queensland’s new tenancy legislation and will continue to work with the Queensland Government and the Queensland renting community to ensure everyone has access to timely, accurate and impartial information, resources and education about the changes to residential tenancy laws.

What is changing and when?

While the new tenancy legislation has been made law, it’s important to remember that not all changes commence immediately.

The first change to be introduced is to provide options for people experiencing domestic and family violence to end a tenancy, which commenced on 20 October 2021.

The remaining rental reforms will be implemented in phases over a three-year period to ensure the sector has sufficient time to prepare for, understand and adopt the changes, including:

  • frameworks for all parties to negotiate renting with pets
    will commence on proclamation on a date yet to be set
  • changes to approved reasons to end a tenancy
    will commence on proclamation on a date yet to be set
  • minimum housing standards
    due to commence 2023-24

The HLA Bill amends the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 and Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2009.

It also amends the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020, which has had its domestic and family violence provisions repealed as similar provisions are now incorporated in the new RTRA Act. The other three COVID-19 arrangements for residential tenancies will continue until 30 April 2022.

In line with these legislative changes, the RTA has updated a number of general tenancy and rooming accommodation forms. Updated forms are now available for download. These amended Acts and Regulations will be made available by the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel.

The RTA is encouraging Queensland tenants, property owners and managers to subscribe to RTA News to stay up to date on the latest announcements. Learn more about these changes and what they mean for your tenancy rights and responsibilities on the RTA’s rental reforms page.