QUEENS­LAND BE­COMES THIRD STATE TO FACE RENTAL RE­FORMS

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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.

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