Tenants Queensland asked each of the six political parties contesting the Queensland election for their views on our six key proposals to Make Renting Fair in Queensland.  Here’s how they responded to date.

We will update this table as we receive their responses.

 

Australian Labor Party Liberal National Party Queensland Greens Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party Katter’s Australian Party Civil Liberties, Consumer Rights, No-Tolls

1. Requiring lessors to always give a reason for terminating their tenancy.

Support READ MORE  Unclear.. No comment

2. Developing and enforcing minimum standards for rental properties.

Support …. READ MORE Unclear.. No comment

3. Allowing tenants to keep pets.

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4. Making it easier for tenants to get their bond money returned

Support – No further comment  Unclear.. No comment

5. Ensuring tenancy agreements are fair.

Support – No further comment Support.. No comment

6. Continuing funding for independent tenant advisory services.

Support – No further comment  Support.. READ MORE

Any other intitiatives?

Imposition of rent controls…. READ MORE  READ MORE on KAP’s commitments

Link to policy statement

Greens Policy Statement

It’s time to announce the winner of our “Home to me is” photo competition, which Tenants Queensland launched as part of our International Tenant’s Day celebrations in October.

We’d like to thank all entrants for sharing their beautiful images and loving messages of what makes home to you. The reoccurring theme was that home is a special place, to be shared with family, friends, loved ones (in one case a car) and our pets!

After much deliberation, we’re happy to announce the winner is Sarita Silva. This inspiring photo of feeding the cockatoos and galahs on the back deck won over the judges. It’s sense of serenity highlighted the importance of home being a place where people are secure enough to express themselves and do what makes them happy.

Congratulations Sarita, and thanks once again to all who took the time to send in their snaps. Picking a winner amongst the great photos was no easy task!


You would have to be living under a rock if you don’t know that a state election will held on November 25.  Tenants Queensland is reminding all political parties that tenants’ rights matter.  Over  Election-platform-doc-02.pdf one third of Queensland electors rent their housing in the private market, and as house prices rise more of them will be renting for longer.  It is important that whoever wins government continues to improve the legal protections offered to tenants and make renting a secure and respected tenure.  We’ve asked for the parties for  responses to our six key law reform issues, we’ll let you know what they are as they come in.

Tenants Queensland believes the following are six things will improve the lives of all Queensland renters.

  1. Make Renting Fair in Queensland by requiring lessors to always give a reason for terminating their tenancy.
  2. Make Renting Fair in Queensland by developing and enforcing minimum standards for rental properties.
  3. Make Renting Fair in Queensland by allowing tenants to keep pets.
  4. Make Renting Fair in Queensland by making it easier for tenants to get their bond money returned.
  5. Make Renting Fair in Queensland by ensuring tenancy agreements are fair.
  6. Make Renting Fair in Queensland by continuing funding for independent tenant advisory services

Here’s the detail:

  1. Make Renting Fair in Queensland by requiring lessors to always give a reason for terminating their tenancy.

Currently, when lessors end a tenancy they don’t have to give the tenant a reason.  They just have to give two months’ notice of their intention to end the rental at the end of a fixed term or at any time during a periodic tenancy.   This is unfair because it means tenant can lose their home needlessly.  It is also unfair because the fear of eviction often prevents tenants from exercising their rights – for instance, they may be reluctant to ask for needed repairs, or they may allow the owner to enter their property without notice, because they fear that upsetting the owner will leave them without a place to live. [click to continue…]