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Aug 2015

Tenancy fines increase

Penalties for tenancy offences and Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) charges have increased.

People found guilty of a tenancy offence now face larger penalties.

From 1 July fines increased by 3.5 per cent from $113.85 to $117.80.

Offences under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 include failing to lodge a bond with the RTA within 10 days, entry without proper notice, and failure to provide a written tenancy agreement.

QCAT have also increased their application fees. Check the QCAT website for full details.

Homelessness Prevention Week during August

This week (3 to 9 August) is National Homelessness Prevention Week. This year the support sectors are being asked to raise community awareness and understanding of homelessness.

Find out how you can get involved by hosting or attending an event near you. Visit the  Homelessness Australia website.