Legislative Update - Housing Legislation Amendment Bill being considered in Parliament

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Legislative Update - Housing Legislation Amendment Bill being considered in Parliament

As a specialist property management agency, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of all matters related to our industry – and as a person with an interest in property investing, we wanted to keep you up to date with the latest on the proposed rental reforms in Queensland.

Today, we are contacting you with a legislative update. 

You may recall the rental reform process that was underway late 2019/early 2020 with proposed changes to tenancy law.  We provide an update that on 18 June, 2021 the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was introduced to Parliament for consideration.  Please be clear this is still a process and is not yet law. Please also be assured that the bill introduced is vastly different to the original proposal and in our eyes far more balanced for all parties.  There are aspects that do concern us however be assured that as an Agency we will be monitoring the proposed changes closely.

This post is not a ‘call for panic’ – many property investors will not be interested in the finer detail and process and will be happy to just let their property manager ‘deal with it’ for them when changes are announced.  However, for those investors that are interested in legislative process or would like to have their say to help shape the final outcome of the proposed amendments, we provide updated information herein.  Information is toward the bottom on how to make a submission.  As always, we encourage all property investors to have their say. 

This has been sourced directly from https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/CSSC/inquiries/current-inquiries/HLABill

About the Bill

On 18 June 2021, Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts, introduced the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (Bill) into the Queensland Parliament.  The Bill was referred to the Community Support and Services Committee for detailed consideration and report by 6 August 2021.

The Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027 (Housing Strategy) is a 10-year framework which aims to provide all Queenslanders with a better pathway to safe, secure and affordable housing. The explanatory notes state that the objective of the Bill is to deliver key objectives of the Housing Strategy, including:

  • Modernisation – a commitment to reviewing and modernising rental laws to better protect tenants and lessors and improve housing stability in the rental market.
  • Connections – ensuring that vulnerable community members are supported to sustain tenancies in appropriate and secure housing that facilitates social, economic, and cultural participation.
  • Confidence – supporting a fair and responsive housing system through reforms to legislation and regulations that enhance the safety and dignity of all Queenslanders and promote the provision of a range of housing options that meet the diverse needs of Queenslanders.

The Bill aims to achieve its policy objectives by amending the:

  • Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008, Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2009 and Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 to:
    •  support tenants and residents to enforce their existing rights by removing the ability for lessors and providers to end tenancies without grounds
    • provide an expanded suite of additional approved reasons for lessors/providers and tenants/residents to end a tenancy
    • ensure all Queensland rental properties are safe, secure, and functional by prescribing minimum housing standards and introducing compliance mechanisms to strengthen the ability to enforce these standards
    • strengthen rental law protections for people experiencing domestic and family violence, and
    • support parties to residential leases reach agreement about renting with pets.
  • Retirement Villages Act 1999, to:
    • provide certainty, security, and peace of mind to residents of freehold resident-operated retirement villages
    • implement the intent of recommendations made during an independent review of timeframes for payment of exit entitlements in Queensland retirement villages, and
    • create a framework to exempt freehold resident-operated retirement villages from the 18-month mandatory buyback requirements under the Retirement Villages Act 1999.

Related inquiry

The committee is simultaneously considering the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Tenants’ Rights) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 which covers similar subject matter to the Bill.

Call for submissions

The committee invites submissions addressing any aspect of the Bill, from all interested parties. Guidelines for making a submission to a parliamentary committee are available here: Guide to making a submission. Please ensure your submission meets these requirements.

The closing date for written submissions is 12:00pm, Tuesday 13 July 2021.

Submissions should be sent to:
EmailCSSC@parliament.qld.gov.au
Committee Secretary
Community Support and Services Committee
Parliament House
George Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

Submissions should include:

  1. the author’s name
  2. two of the following: mailing address, email, telephone number
  3. if the submission is made on behalf of an organisation, the level of approval (e.g. a local branch, executive committee or national organisation)

Please ensure your submission includes the above or it may not be considered by the committee.

Timeline

Submissions close: Tuesday 13 July 2021, 12:00pm
Public briefing: Tuesday 29 June 2021, 10:30am–12:00pm
Public hearing: Tuesday 20 July 2021
Report due date: Friday 6 August 2021

We hope you have found this update of value, and welcome your call or queries at any time.  We love talking property!

Until then, happy investing! 😊

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