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Tenancy laws in your language

Oct 2014

Queensland tenants who have English as an additional language can learn more about the rules for renting thanks to the RTA's translated tenancy publications.

The mandatory Pocket guide for tenants – houses and units (Form 17a) is available in other languages (as well as English), and an additional tenancy information mini guide is available in 9 languages.

These publications provide people with the practical information they need when living in a rental property, including details about the General tenancy agreement (Form 18a), the Entry condition report (Form 1a), who is responsible for maintenance and repairs, and the rules for paying rent.

The guides also explain the responsibilities of the landlord or agent.

RTA CEO David Eades said the translated tenancy publications have helped people understand their rights and their responsibilities when renting in Queensland.

"These translated publications were designed to help people understand renting laws in Queensland as they may be different from renting laws in other places people have lived," Mr Eades said.

"Feedback suggests these translated tenancy guides have helped increase knowledge of renting laws and helped to create more successful tenancies."

The pocket guide is available in Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Arabic as well as English.

Plans are also in place to create a pocket guide in Spanish to be available in the coming months.

Tenancy information mini guides aimed at giving tenants an overview of renting rights and responsibilities are available in Swahili (spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo), Kirundi (Burundi), Dinka (South Sudan), Farsi (Iran), Dari (Afghanistan), Somali, Karen (Burma) and Tamil (Sri Lanka and India).

Download the translated Form 17a or call the RTA on 1300 366 311 to request copies.