This page relates to natural disasters in general. Information for people affected by flooding is available on our Flood affected properties page.
A tenancy agreement does not automatically end during a natural disaster, even if the property is totally destroyed.
A tenancy agreement will only end if one of the following happens:
If either party disagrees with the notice, they can dispute it by lodging a Dispute resolution request (form 16) with the RTA.
After a natural disaster:
- A premises may be declared unliveable if it is unsafe to live in for health and safety reasons, or if the premises cannot be occupied. Giving notice will end the tenancy agreement from the day the notice is lodged, but must be done within one month of the disaster. See If the premises becomes unliveable for more information.
- The tenant may be evacuated; however, they must still pay the rent. It may be possible to negotiate a rent reduction for this period but it must be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
- The rent may be reduced if the property is damaged or if some of the facilities are unavailable (e.g. carpark, pool, laundry). This is also on a case-by-case basis and needs to be agreed between the tenant and lessor/agent/manager and put in writing.
- You may need emergency repairs on the property.
- Following a natural disaster the rental market can become competitive but the rent cannot be increased outside of the normal rules for rent increases.
- A tenant cannot be evicted for one who will pay a higher rent outside of the normal rules for ending a tenancy.
- The lessor is responsible for maintaining the premises in good repair, but will need to comply with Entry notice requirements when repairs are being done.
- Bond processing with the RTA could be affected if postal services in Brisbane or in the affected area are disrupted. Contact the RTA for information on extended processing times.
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