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TQ Solicitor

Location: Brisbane or Regional (see below)

Closing date COB Monday 2 November 2020

This position is a 12 month full time contract located in Brisbane, but consideration will be given to other TQ office locations (Rockhampton/ Logan/Gold Coast/Townsville/Cairns).

The Solicitor will support the organisation’s delivery of legal services to renters in the state. The role will have a 40% focus on supporting renters affected by Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland. The position is to service clients on a state-wide basis and works alongside TQ’s QSTARS workers throughout Queensland.

Generous salary sacrificing arrangements are available. Pay rate: Level 5.1 of TQ Enterprise Agreement ($84,121 p/y)

Applications

To apply for this position, please download a copy of the Position Description here and submit your CV and a Covering Letter in no more than two typed pages that

  • addresses the selection criteria found in the Position Description
  • applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered
  • email to: recruitment@tenantsqld.org.au or mail to: Level 1, 87 Wickham Terrace SPRING HILL 4000

Applications for this role will close on COB Monday 2 November 2020

If you would like further information, please feel welcome to contact Julie Bartlett on (07) 3832 9447 or email: mail@tenantsqld.org.au.


Thank you to those Tenants that took the time to share their stories with us and submitted an entry for our International Tenants Day 2020 Competition. 

We are happy to announce that Emma is the winner of the 2020 ITD Competition. Her poem of her renting experience and her journey so far in 2020, along with the beautiful photo of her Son and their dogs,  captured for the judges what it takes to create happiness, why supportive neighbors are important and why renting matters. 

Congratulations Emma!

A Poem
About my renting experience in “2020”
by Emma

2020 so far has been far from boring
Character building to say the least
If it’s not raining, it’s been pouring
I feel kind of like I’ve been trying to find
My way out of a confusing maze
If I take the wrong turns
My bridges would burn
I’d be stuck in here for days
Now that I can actually see through all the former glory
The smoke and mirrors are what I need
Give it time and I’ll be snoring.
2020 when Covid hit, began another journey
I started renting a little room
From a man that is crazy boring
So to answer the question of what
Matters to me amidst this Covid Chaos
I’d have to say that I’d rather be free
Than chop a psyco’s head off.
But thanks to what originally seemed
Like a Covid rental nightmare
My new neighbours are so lovely and sweet
I’m blessed these souls are RARE!


 Since 1986, International Tenants Day (ITD) has been celebrated annually on the first Monday in October. Originating in France, the date was chosen to coincide with the United Nations World Habitat Day. ITD is used to promote and raise awareness of tenants’ right across the world. 

In celebration of International Tenants Day 2020, and to promote and to raise awareness of young people entering the rental market, the First-Time Renter Collaboration is proud to present the following video that provides information and stories shared by young people about their experiences on entering a tenancy for the first time.

The First Time Renter project is a collaboration between Queensland Youth Housing Coalition (QYHC), Community Connections (CLA Inc.), Tenants Queensland (TQ), and Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC). The collaboration was established to bridge the gap in information for young people regarding steps to accessing tenancies in either private rental or public housing.

The resource produced through the collaboration gives young people and vulnerable first-time renters the foundational “how to” information required to successfully complete private rental applications and commence tenancies.

Click here to watch the video and access the accompanying resources and information


With the evictions moratorium ending at midnight on September 29, if you are still in dispute about a rent reduction due to COVID excessive hardship or are yet to request one, make sure you have notified your lessor, agent or provider, in writing, about your circumstances before the moratorium ends!!

During the  moratorium lessors, agents or providers cannot evict a tenant or resident for failure to pay rent if the failure related to the tenant suffering excessive hardship because of the COVID-19 emergency. Affected renters could also request a rent reduction (or deferral). These rent disputes will continue be resolved under the ‘COVID regulations’ even after the moratorium ends if the matter was raised beforehand. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have evidence of informing your lessor or agent.   [click to continue…]


ACT NOW!

Last week, the Queensland government decided to end the moratorium on evictions for residential renters. The moratorium is targeted to renters who are COVID affected, and it’s removal will leave many people vulnerable to eviction before Christmas.  


Media Release

16 September 2020

Tenants Queensland (TQ) is very disappointed with the Queensland Government’s decision today to retain the end date for the moratorium on residential evictions whilst at the same time deciding to extend it for commercial tenancies. The decision comes despite most other states extending eviction protection for renters.

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, demand for the state’s tenant advisory services has increased drastically, particularly from tenants fearing eviction after losing their jobs or having their income reduced as a result of COVID-19.

With the end of the moratorium now set to remain as September 29, TQ CEO Penny Carr said that many tenants will be very concerned about eviction in the lead-up to Christmas. [click to continue…]


16 September 2020

Joint News release

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), Q Shelter and Tenants Queensland, three of the five members of the Queensland government’s COVID-19 Housing Security Subcommittee, have criticized the decision not to extend the residential tenancy eviction moratorium.

In a joint statement from QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh, QShelter CEO Fiona Caniglia and Tenants Queensland CEO Penny Carr:

“We are deeply disappointed in the decision by the Queensland government to not extend the moratorium.

“This decision flies in the face of the advice provided to government from the majority of the Minister’s Housing Security Subcommittee – our three organisations all recommended that the moratorium be extended to 31 December 2020.

“This will only serve to make the housing arrangements of Queensland families much more insecure.

“The Queensland government have decided to go it alone in not extending the moratorium – Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria have all committed to extending their moratoriums to March 2021, and Tasmania has extended theirs to December 2020.”

-ENDS-


 

Click this link for full details


Use our online template to send an email.   For extra impact, add details of your personal experience and why you believe the extension is needed.

We urge all of our supporters to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and contact our Housing Minister, Mick de Brenni, and Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, asking them to extend the moratorium.

As we move into September, we inch closer to the end date for Queensland’s moratorium on evictions. Designed to protect those Queenslanders who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, we don’t believe now is the appropriate time to end the moratorium.

By continuing the moratorium to 31 December, our most vulnerable tenants will be protected from the mental, financial and physical stresses a premature eviction would cause.


Media Release   2 September 2020

Tenants Queensland calls for three-month extension of the moratorium on evictions

Queensland’s peak tenant advisory group is calling on the Queensland Government to extend a ban on evictions, fearing a surge in homelessness once the September deadline ends.

Tenants Queensland (TQ) CEO Penny Carr said a ban on evictions was necessary at least until the end of the year with a preferred tapering of protections extended into 2021 for those affected by COVID-related hardship.

“Increasingly Queensland renters have been contacting our service expressing concerns about potential homelessness and anxiety for the debt they have accrued while renting during the pandemic,” said Ms Carr.

“Many are desperately worried they will lose their homes due to unresolved negotiations on rent reductions and because they cannot rely on the goodwill of their landlord.

“With no end in sight to the pandemic, we believe it is premature of the Government to end the evictions moratorium with unemployment still so high and incomes reduced.”

From 30 September, landlords will be able to go to court to evict tenants, prompting fears from TQ and social services groups that there could be a rush in cases.

Other changes to come into effect include:

  • Rent will increase with a return to the ‘starting rent’ i.e. if a renter has been paying less rent under a variation agreement or unresolved dispute, the renter is required to return to the contracted rent;
  • Income is likely to drop due to changes to the rates of coronavirus supplement and JobKeeper payment; and
  • Rents owed during the ‘protected period’ will become due.

TQ’s proposals post 31 December include; exemption from tenancy database listings if the dispute arises during the three-month extension period and a blanket ban on evictions for rent arrears and disputes which also occur during the protection period until the case is resolved through mutual agreement, the RTA or QCAT.

“The current exit from the COVID tenancy protections for affected renters will be harsh and will result in a significant number of renters facing eviction,” she said.

“We believe a softer exit will be fairer in order to maximise opportunities for renters to remain housed beyond the end of the evictions moratorium.”


The State Government is proposing planning reforms to notify RENTERS of future developments on adjoining properties as part of the public notification requirements.

The inclusion of RENTERS is part of the Planning initiatives to support economic recovery.

 Here’s what you can do to show that you support the State Government’s positive step:

  1. Click the link to sign the proforma or copy the text to compose your letter.  Word version  PDF version
  2. Email it to bestplanning@dsmip.qld.gov.au  by this FRIDAY the 7th of August 2020.

For more information, go to: https://haveyoursay.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/…/doc…/173539/download


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