QUEENSLAND BECOMES THIRD STATE TO FACE RENTAL REFORMS
After reviewing regulations in NSW and Victoria the Palaszczuk government have put Queensland on the path as the next state for rental reforms, proposing a state-wide consultation to be followed with changes to residential tenancy laws for renters and property owners.
The Open Doors to Renting Reform consultation began on 30 September and involved contacting renters, landlords and real estate agents to ask their views on the changing market and how successful the current system is. The reviews of the 40-year-old rental laws will be looking at making it easier for tenants to own pets and have repairs to property addressed sooner. Property owners will also have greater power to charge for repairs not covered by bonds.
The REIQ welcomed the consultation. CEO Antonia Mercorella said these early results were encouraging. “We really need to hear from landlords and property managers so that all parties to the rental experience are heard,” she said. “We are urging our members to participate and share their experiences.”
The Open Doors to Renting Reform consultation program ran from 30 September until 30 November 2018, featuring a range of consultation activities, including pop-up kiosks at markets and shopping centres where people could share their views and experience of renting in Queensland.