Sunday’s media release from Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Hon Mick de Brenni cited the heart wrenching case of baby Isabella Diefenbach in outlining his support for the introduction of minimum standards in residential tenancies.

The introduction of minimum standards is not a cause for concern for reasonable investors but a safeguard for renters against those lessors unwilling to ensure their property is fit to live in for their tenants. A key to ensuring minimum standards are effective is taking away the responsibility from individual tenants to enforcing the law. Minimum standards should be enforced by a third party empowered to investigate alleged breaches, order rectifications, deliver sanctions, and provide public access to important records. [click to continue…]


Today a broad group of community-based organisations launched the Make Renting Fair in Queensland campaign for progressive tenancy law reforms. They’re calling for you to support their seven point plan. Follow Make Renting Fair in Qld Facebook and Twitter

  1. Give people the right to stay in their rental homes and prevent unfair evictions by
  • Removing ‘no reason’ evictions
  • Enforcing ‘just cause’ reasons to support eviction notices
  1. Keep rents fair to keep people in their homes by
  • – Limiting rent increases to once a year
  • – Justifying rent increases more than 20% above CPI
  1. Make it easier for people who rent to get their bond money back when moving by
  • Automatically returning bonds to the tenants unless disputed by the lessor
  1. Make sure that people who rent their homes are treated fairly and with honesty by
  • Providing full disclosure to renters of material that might affect a tenancy before they enter into an agreement and allowing renters to terminate in cases of material misrepresentation
  1. Keep people together with their pets in their rental homes by
  • Allowing tenants pets in rental properties unless the lessor proves a good reason not to.
  1. Enforce basic standards for rental homes by
  • Undertaking periodic third party inspections
  • Introducing transparency between tenancies regarding repair, maintenance and orders of the tribunal.
  1. Protect people’s privacy by making sure that they have fair warning before someone enters their home by
  • Increasing all 24-hour entry notice periods to 48 hours.

The State Government’s Open Doors to Rent Reform public consultation continues until November 30. We encourage you to make use of the The Make Renting Fair in Qld website for inspiration in making your comments and submissions to government. The Make Renting Fair campaign aims to build momentum through the government’s current consultation process and into next year whilst deliberations are underway on changes to the law. 

 


Our last post told you what Tenants Queensland thinks about entry notice times – see below.  Now the snap poll on the Queensland government’s Open Doors to Renting Reform is asking that question.  Please jump on and answer the question – how long should the notice period you get for non–urgent entries

Here’s what we said previously
Protect people’s privacy by making sure that they have fair warning before someone enters their home
For many entries to tenants’ homes the law only provides that 24 hours’ notice is required. With such short notice, sometimes tenants don’t even know that an entry is going to be made to their home until it has already occurred.

Entries can be made at any time with the agreement of the tenant, but when it is done by serving a notice, tenants should be given more time.
To Make Renting Fair in Queensland increase all 24 hour entry notice periods to 48 hours.