Legislation has passed in Queensland parliament to provide more rights to tenants ending leases, stopping evictions without grounds, and to have pets within rental properties.
The Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was voted through on Thursday after parliamentary debate and amendments proposed by the Greens throughout the week.
The new laws enact minimum quality standards and extend protection for renters who have experienced domestic and family violence.
All Queensland rental properties must meet standards for safety, security and functionality, including accessible windows and doors having functioning latches, fixtures and fittings.
'Property owners have lost the right to end a periodic tenancy by providing notice. Tenants will however retain this right,' REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said (stock image)
They also disallow property owners from issuing a notice to leave 'without grounds' providing tenants with more certainty.
Tenants can end their interest in a lease with seven days' notice if they are unable to safely continue due to domestic and family violence reasons, and minister for housing Leanne Enoch says the laws move to protect the rights of renters.
'Queenslanders rely on safe, secure and affordable housing and we're delivering on our election commitments to modernise Queensland's rental laws and improve confidence in the rental market,' she said.
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