Update on rental law reforms

The Queensland Government has introduced the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 to the Queensland Parliament.

The Bill aims to strengthen Queensland’s residential tenancy laws to ensure safety, security and certainty for all Queenslanders in the rental market. Proposed reform areas include:

  • ensuring all parties have appropriate approved reasons for all parties to end a tenancy
  • prescribing Minimum Housing Standards
  • options for people experiencing domestic and family violence to end a tenancy
  • frameworks for all parties to negotiate renting with pets.

The Bill has been referred to the Community Support and Services Committee for detailed consideration. All Queenslanders are encouraged to follow the discussion on this topic and interested parties can have their say on the proposed changes through the Committee process.

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Tenants’ Rights) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (Bill) was also introduced into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill has been referred to the Community Support and Services Committee, which is inviting submissions from all interested parties by 10 August 2021.

Information on the Bills, including links to the relevant documentation and details on how interested parties can make submissions, is available on the RTA website. Information is also available on the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy website.