Rental law reform
Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021
The Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 has been introduced in the Queensland Parliament to progress Stage 1 of Queensland’s rental law reform.
The first stage reforms aim to strike the right balance between renters and rental property owner interests for all parties to have:
- more certainty about their tenancy arrangements by encouraging greater transparency and accountability about intentions and decision making
- confidence their rental property is safe, secure and functional by prescribing Minimum Housing Standards
- certainty about how renters experiencing domestic and family violence can manage their tenancy arrangements to improve their safety without bearing the costs of the violence used against them
- frameworks to support negotiations about renting with pets and encourage more pet-friendly rental accommodation in Queensland.
The proposed changes to Queensland’s rental laws have been informed by community consultation with over 150,000 responses received from consultation processes held in 2018 and 2019. Our COVID-19 response for residential tenancies also tested key elements of Stage 1 reform options in 2020 and 2021.
What happens next?
The Housing Legislation Amendment Bill has been referred to the Community Support and Services Committee for detailed consideration.
All Queenslanders are encouraged to follow the discussion on this topic through the Committee's website.
The Bill will be discussed and considered by Committee members, and sometimes changes are suggested and may be included in the Bill.
Once the Bill passes through all stages in Parliament, it is sent to the Governor for Royal Assent. When assent is given, the Bill becomes the law and then, instead of being called a Bill, it is described as an Act of Parliament.
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Open Doors to Renting Reform Consultation
A Better Renting Future Roadmap
Release of Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement
COVID-19 Emergency Response
Bill Introduction and Release of Decision Regulatory Impact Statement
Bill considered by Community Support and Services Committee
Bill debated and passed
Bill receives assent and is now law
Stage 2 Rental Law Reform
How did we get here?
In September 2018, we launched the Open Doors to Renting Reform Consultation (PDF, 3670.53 KB). Over 137,000 responses were received which saw renters, property owners and property managers provide feedback about their experiences of living in, owning or managing a rental property, and how it could be improved.
This was followed up in 2019, by the release of the Better Renting Future Reform Roadmap (PDF, 2049.76 KB), which outlines a two-stage reform approach to address feedback received during the Open Doors consultation. Over 15,000 responses were received providing community feedback on detailed Stage 1 reform options, outlined in the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (C-RIS) (PDF, 2950.22 KB), across 5 priority renting issues:
- ending leases fairly
- minimum housing standards
- domestic and family violence protections
- renting with pets
- minor modifications.
What we heard through consultation is that all parties want greater fairness and better balancing of renter and property owner rights. Most renters, property owners and managers want greater transparency around ending a lease and support changes that assist renters experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). Renters and property owners agreed they want a better relationship and support to resolve tenancy issues that may arise without needing to access dispute resolution or decision-making services.
In 2020, we prioritised responding to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to implement, adjust and extend temporary regulatory measures to support the residential rental sector manage COVID-19 impacts on residential leases.
We have undertaken comprehensive analysis of the regulatory and economic impacts of proposed first stage reforms. The Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF, 6714.47 KB) describes consultation feedback received on Stage 1 reform options tested through the C-RIS in 2019 and provides a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the recommended reforms. Deloitte Access Economics has analysed the economic impacts of recommended Stage 1 reforms (PDF, 1647.13 KB) and found they are negligible.
If you have trouble accessing any of these documents, you can request an alternative version by contacting rentinginQld@hpw.qld.gov.au.
- Last updated:
- 12 July 2021