Tenant News

Changes to tenancy database rules help tenants

Tenants Queensland welcomes changes to tenancy database provisions in the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008. These changes took effect on 1 July 2016 and now provide greater protections for tenants.

Under the changes database listings are now limited to a maximum of 3 years after which time the listing must be removed (agents, lessors and database operators have 6 months until Jan 2017 to remove all the listings that are older than 3 years).

If you apply for a tenancy and your reference check shows you are listed on a tenancy database you must be informed about this listing; including who listed you, the database you are listed on, and how you can dispute the listing.

If you write to the agent or lessor who listed you, or the database operator, and request a copy of your listing, this must be provided to you within 14 days (however, you can be charged a reasonable fee). For more information see the Tenancy Databases fact sheet.

QCAT fees go up

QCAT filing fees go up each year so people applying to QCAT will now have to pay the new filing fees when they lodge their application for a tenancy hearing.

QCAT filing fees are now $24.60 for claims under $500; $63.20 for claims between $500 and $1,000; and $112.50 for claims where the monetary value is over $1,000.

If you apply for a hearing and have to pay a filing fee you can claim this fee back from the respondent as part of your claim.

If you have a low income and are applying to QCAT for a tenancy hearing you can seek a waiver of the filing fee due to your financial hardship. You will need to fill in a QCAT form 49 Application for waiver of fees due to financial hardship and attach evidence of your financial hardship (such as a health care card or Centrelink statement)