Queensland - New Tenancy Laws - 24th April 2020

Queensland - New Tenancy Laws - 24th April 2020

Late on Friday 24th April 2020, the necessary gazetting process was finalised and the Residential Tenancies & Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 has now come into operation. This final step in the legislative process means that the new temporary laws regarding special COVID-19 protections for residential tenancies commence from 24th April 2020 and are now in effect.

The main concern from Landlords has been surrounding rent arrears, however there are also some changes that impact rights of entry to tenanted premises, break lease provisions, obligations for routine repairs and rights to terminate tenancies.

For those that would like to read further, the Residential Tenancies Practice Guide is an easier read than the actual legislation. For those that prefer a verbal explanation to a long read we welcome your call! Heather is on 0421 235 664.

As a member office of both the REIQ and Real Estate Excellence Academy, we are receiving updates and best practice advise as soon as these are released. We remain calm and composed to deal with matters as they arise. There will be some ‘precedence’ to follow as the RTA and QCAT start handling these matters, however having a legislative framework to follow provides a great sense of reassurance.

One thing is for sure – we look forward to reflecting on this all as a distant memory!

If you need help with your tenancy, talk to the RTA:
• text (SMS) “Hi” to 0480 000 782
• call the RTA’s information hotline on 1800 497 161 from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, or from 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday
• Visit the Residential Tenancies Authority website.

If you have any further questions, please speak to one of our Property Managers  on 07 3188 7651

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