Are you a renter? Does the energy efficiency of the property you rent matter to you? QCOSS wants to hear your views about what (if any) minimum energy efficiency standards rental properties should meet.

QCOSS is hosting a focus group with renters to seek views on a range of proposals for a mandatory minimum standard of energy efficiency for rental housing.  The views and issues raised by this focus group will help inform a submission by QCOSS to the Queensland government. 

No individual information or views will be identified in this submission – only de- identified and generalised views from the group will be referenced.

A $20 Coles/Myer voucher will be offered to participants as a token of appreciation for your time and contribution.

Where: QCOSS’s West End office 

When: Saturday 11 August, 10am – 11.30am.

Please find further details and register here.

The Office of Fair Trading and the RTA have been looking into how real estate agents handle tenants’ bond.  Earlier today the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, the Hon Yvette D’Ath, issued the following media release:

“A joint agency crackdown on real estate agents withholding tenants’ bonds in Queensland has led to investigations against 13 agents, with a further 20 agents targeted for follow up inquiries, in the name of consumer protection.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) partnered for a joint compliance operation from January-April this year.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the operation was established in response to concerns that tenants’ rights were being ignored by agents who weren’t lodging bonds with the RTA within required timeframes.

“Bond money does not belong to a real estate agent and must be transferred to the RTA correctly and within legislated timeframes,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Most agents are doing the right thing; but it’s important that tenants are treated fairly and legally, and I’m pleased to see action taken against non-compliant agencies,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“This behaviour also impacts on the broader integrity of the industry and I know agents welcome such investigations so that all are not tarred with the same brush.”

The OFT issued statutory notices to 54 real estate agencies across the state, requesting agents provide their rent roll information to the OFT. [click to continue…]


If you are being inundated with water or suffering damage from storms or cyclones your tenancy may be affected.  This fact sheet is for residential tenancies however most of this information also applies to rooming accommodation such as boarding houses.

For further information for tenants, please click here.

Caxton Legal Service has put together some information on ‘Your rights in the aftermath of a natural disaster’ pointing people to relevant parts of the Queensland Law Handbook – you can find it on our blog or share with clients via our Facebook post.