Update on the Moratorium on Evictions

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Update on the Moratorium on Evictions

It is hard to believe we are approaching the 6 month mark of the Covid-19 Emergency Response Period!

As no doubt you will remember, the original announcement made that we all knew was going to impact us in the residential property market – for Landlords, Tenants and Property Managers – was the Federal Government announcement on 29 March that there would be a 6 month ‘Moratorium on Evictions’.

As the end of the period approaches, our industry awaits the updates to the Legislation. What we do know is that the regulations will be amended, and we do anticipate more changes.  So, at this stage we find ourselves once again in a situation where government announcements have been made, prior to the legislation release – as of course is unavoidable during these times. 

What has confused many is that the moratorium on evictions ends on 29 September 2020, but the RTRA Act (Covid-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 expires on 31 December 2020.  

This means that after 29 September 2020, some regulations will still apply, and some will not.  As above, we are also anticipating further changes.  

For now, we report what we do know. 

At this stage, Queensland is the only Australian state that has not extended its ban on evictions past the original 6 month deadline of 29 September 2020.     

You can find information on what will and what won’t change (current as at today’s date) directly on the RTA Website – https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/the-hub/covid-19-tenancy-update

The below is sourced directly from the above link for you:

COVID-19 tenancy update

The Queensland Government acted quickly to legislate its COVID-19 response for residential tenancies.

We implemented the National Cabinet agreed 6-month moratorium for rent arrears caused by COVID-19 impacts between 29 March and 29 September 2020.

Changes from 30 September 2020

We are transitioning back towards normal residential tenancy arrangements.

Queensland is in a strong position thanks to the early actions taken to manage COVID-19 health risks. We will continue to be guided by health advice and directions to determine whether any future actions will be required.

What will change

The six-month eviction moratorium, and measures implemented to support it, will cease to apply after 29 September 2020, including:

  • fixed term agreement extensions for COVID-19 impacted tenants
  • ending agreement provisions that prevent property owners ending tenancies with COVID-19 impacted tenants without grounds and provide additional grounds for parties to end tenancies (owner occupation and sale of premises which require vacant possession)
  • adjusted rent and bond processes that support parties to negotiate arrangements to manage COVID-19 impacts on their tenancies
  • mandatory conciliation of COVID-19 related tenancy disputes through the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA).

What will continue

Other protections will continue to apply until 31 December 2020, including:

  • provisions allowing tenants experiencing domestic and family violence to end their tenancies quickly
  • protections for tenants against being listed in a tenancy database for rent arrears caused by COVID-19 impacts
  • limits on reletting costs for eligible tenants who end their fixed term tenancies early
  • short term tenancy statement extensions for moveable dwellings
  • entry restrictions and requirements to support COVID-19 social distancing measures
  • relaxed repair and maintenance obligations.

Working together

Tenants and property owners should continue negotiating adjustments to manage any COVID-19 impacts on their residential tenancy arrangements.

The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) free dispute resolution service is available to help parties reach agreement and resolve issues, including about rent and ending agreements.

Help and advice

If you need help with your tenancy, talk to the RTA:

Our Housing Service Centres can provide housing assistance:

Support for mental health

Frequently asked questions

Last updated: 16 September 2020

As always, we welcome any questions you have. If you’d like to learn more about the latest news for Landlords and Tenants and would like to discuss rental property management ,  with a property manager Brisbane Please Contact us and a member from our team will be in touch shortly. 

Call or email the office with any questions or concerns – 07 3188 7651 / admin@beyondpm.com.au 

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