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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.


The Queensland government’s Open Doors to Renting Reform consultation process is currently asking about entry and privacy – have your say on the government’s site here

This is what we think – feel free to use it to make a submission or join the discussion.

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.


The Queensland government’s Open Doors to Renting Reform is asking about pets in rental properties – have your say here! 

This is what we think – feel free to use it if you want to make a submission.

Keep people together with their pets in their rental homes
Numerous studies show that having pets increases people’s health, happiness and resilience yet many people who rent their home are not allowed to keep them.

The Animal Welfare League say about 25% of animals surrendered to them last financial year was because of inability to find pet friendly homes.  Quoting the Residential Tenancies Authority, they say only 10% of rental properties in Queensland allow pets.  

It’s not fair to deny tenants’ rights that others take for granted.  Like home owners tenants have to comply with local government regulations about the keeping of pets, and they are required to repairs any damage at the end of their tenancy.

To Make Renting Fair, people who rent should be able to keep their pets in their rental homes!

Get on line, make a submission or contribute to the discussion. 

 


Do you worry about whether your lease will be renewed? Too scared to ask for repairs or raise other issues for fear of the consequences? We’re encouraging you to tell your experiences to the Queensland government by making a submission to their Open Doors to Rental Reform strategy.  You can also fill in their survey. We think this is the way to go……..

Give people the right to stay in their rental homes
People who rent their home should have the right to stay if they are doing the right thing.

Right now, renters can be asked to leave without being given any reason. This uproots families from their homes with little notice and sometimes on unfair grounds.

We need to change the laws to stop people from being evicted from their homes without any reason.

To Make Renting Fair in Queensland, we need to make sure there is a good reason within the law before a person is asked to leave their home. In other words, ensure we have Just Cause evictions.


 

The Queensland government has just announced the first step in their tenancy law review process, right in time for International Tenants’ Day. Read their press release here

We’ll update you over the next few days.


Calling all tenants and their friends to International Tenants’ Day celebrations in Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Cairns, Gold Coast (Labrador), Brisbane (West End)! NB Mount Isa event is on Oct 9

October 1 was also the second birthday of the Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service (QSTARS).

Since 1986, International Tenants Day (ITD) has been celebrated annually in the first week of 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.  Tenants Queensland is committed to improving the conditions for renters in our state and to make renting a secure and respected tenure.

We warmly welcome you to our free ITD events on Tuesday October 2, 2018 to help us celebrate!!  If you are a renter in Queensland you might also like to enter our photo competition

BrisbaneCairnsGold CoastMt IsaRockhampton
Time: 10-2pm
Bunyapa Park/
West End Urban Common
39 Thomas Street , West End

FREE BBQ
entertainment, tenancy information 
Ph: 3832 9447
Time: 2-4pm
208 McLeod St, Cairns (TQ Cairns office).

FREE BBQ, tenancy information and fun!
Ph: 4241 0016
Time: 11–2pm
Harley Park, Labrador

FREE BBQ
entertainment, tenancy information
Ph: 5525 6599
OCT 9
Time: 9 -11am
Mount Isa Neighbourhood Centre, 72 Marian St, Mt Isa

FREE tenants breakfast and sausage sizzle, tenancy information
Ph: 4749 3081
Time: 11-1pm
The office of
Mr Barry O’Rourke Member for Rockhampton.
3/7 Denham Street Rockhampton

FREE tenants breakfast and sausage sizzle, tenancy information
Ph: 4816 9814 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

To be eligible for this competition you need to be renting in Queensland. Please send us your photo, name and contact details and where you are renting. By sending your photo to Tenants Queensland, you are consenting to the photo being used publicly by Tenants Queensland, including on the Tenants Queensland website and social media. By sending this photo you confirm that you have consent of any person in the photo for their image to be shared in this way.  Any enquiries please contact Cameron at Tenants Queensland – Phone: (07) 3832 9447 – Email: mail@tenantsqld.org.au

 


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…]


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