Everyone in Queensland deserves to live in a place where they can create a home – whether they rent of own their home.
QCOSS welcomes the Queensland Government’s package of tenancy reforms. The proposed changes will be rolled out across two stage.
We also welcome the government’s ongoing consultation on these reforms. The ‘Renting in Queensland’ website allows people to provide feedback on each of these renting reforms through surveys and submissions. The surveys provides details on the proposed reform and the ability to post or upload feedback. The consultation will close on 28 December 2019.
These reforms are overdue, and we commend the State government for committing to cover the following issues in the first stage:
- Minimum Housing Standards
- Renting with pets
- Minor modifications
- Domestic and family violence
- Ending a tenancy fairly.
We are particularly pleased to see reforms to support tenants escaping domestic and family violence, by being able to end tenancies quickly, access part rental bonds and install safety and security measures.
However, we are disappointed that some of the asks in our Position Statement on Renting have not been recommended in either stage. In particular, we asked the Queensland government to introduce a minimum standard for the energy efficiency of rental homes in our Shifting Power report.
Also, while the proposed changes do require owners to end tenancies fairly, we also recommended that rental caps be included to make this effective. Without rental caps, people in Queensland (particularly those on low incomes) may be unfairly removed from their rental homes through unfair rental increases.
As part of the Make Renting Fair Alliance, QCOSS will continue to push the Palaszczuk government to make renting fair and affordable to ensure all Queenslanders can make rental properties a home.
We also welcome the government’s ongoing consultation on these reforms. The ‘Renting in Queensland’ website allows people to provide feedback on each of these renting reforms. There are detailed surveys on each of the stage one reforms and an ability to post or upload feedback. We encourage members to engage with this additional opportunity to express their views.
On behalf of the Make Renting Fair Alliance, Tenants Queensland are hosting a tenancy law forum event to discuss the proposed changes. The event, held from 2:30-4:30pm on 10 December 2019, will be held at the South Leagues Club in West End, Brisbane. Register here.