As many of you will be aware that the QLD Parliament sat on Wednesday to discuss temporary changes to tenancy legislation, and you may be wondering the outcome of that sitting.
I can update that the Queensland Parliament did pass temporary tenancy laws at around Midnight 22nd April 2020. The laws have not yet commenced but will be backdated until 29th March 2020 and will end 31st December 2020. We shall continue to keep you up to date during this time.
Compared to where the proposed tenancy law changes started before Easter, what we are presented with now is a far more balanced and fair approach. There is no doubt we are in unique times, and these times will impact both tenants and landlords, however the balance needs to be fair to all. I would like to reassure you that the temporary tenancy laws we see now (in draft form still) have put our minds at ease greatly – and it should for you too.
For instance, the announcement made pre-Easter by the government of their proposed law changes at that time, indicated tenants would not have had to provide evidence of how they were financially impacted by Coronavirus – this was completely unworkable for us to be able to represent and guide clients. Under the current draft laws, tenants must provide evidence of loss of income, and there are now also criteria they must meet in order for the new Covid-19 temporary law changes to apply to their tenancy. These two measures remove the ability for people to make false claims of hardship. This is not the only example of change to a more balanced approach.
Thank you to you all that had a voice during this time to ensure that all parties were represented and heard.
Today, we breathe a sigh of relief yet are methodically working through the 65 pages of draft legislation to ensure we continue to provide a best practice service to Clients. As members of both REIQ and Real Estate Excellence Academy (Legislative best practice support to industry members), I assure you that you remain in safe hands with us. Our whole team are passionate about their Clients and our Industry and we remain at the leading edge of always being across legislative change that impacts our industry.
More information on the new temporary tenancy laws, including the Practice Guide (still in draft form) can be found here and is partly copied below for ease of reference.
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Our message remains the same – if your tenant contacts us to advise they are impacted by Covid-19 we will contact you and discuss the situation. Each situation we face will have unique circumstances, and therefore a unique approach. If meanwhile you have any questions about this process you are of course very welcome to contact your Property Manager directly or Heather on 0421 235 664.
We remain as always, here and happy to help.
Here is some of the information from ‘The Hub’ for ease of reference:
The following information has been sourced from the Queensland Government temporary “HUB” website as part of the Government emergency response to the crisis. www.rta.qld.gov.au
Frequently asked questions
Starting a tenancy
- My tenant has moved out. What can I do to get my money?
- My tenant says they can’t pay the rent anymore. I still have bills to pay.
- My tenants were behind with their rent before the pandemic was declared.
- The mortgage on my investment property is in arrears, what relief can I access?
- My COVID-19 impacted tenants have abandoned my property – what can I do?
- Does my previous notice to leave still apply if it was before the emergency arrangements started?
Inspections and maintenance
Ending a tenancy
- When can I issue a notice to leave?
- What if I have issued a notice to leave for a date after 29/3 and I already have someone else lined up to move in?
With thanks as always,
Aaron and Heather Jopson (and Michelle, Liz, Bianca, Jade and Lauren)
Business Owners – Beyond Property Management
07 3188 7651 / firstname.lastname@example.org