Legislation

Update

Rental law changes around ending tenancies, renting with pets and the introduction of repair orders commenced on 1 October 2022.

The RTA is the statutory authority that administers the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 and the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2009.

The Act outlines the rights and responsibilities of tenants and property managers/owners in residential renting (which includes caravan parks and rooming accommodation) in Queensland. It sets out what to do if issues arise during a tenancy and explains what can be done if someone breaches the Act.

Simplified information from the Act is available on this website or by calling the Client Contact Centre on 1300 366 311.

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Copies of the Act and Regulation

Order copies of the Act and Regulation from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.

Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2021 

The Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (HLA Act) came into effect on Wednesday 20 October 2021 and amended the following legislation:

Changes from the amendments are being implemented in phases over a three-year period to ensure the sector has sufficient time to prepare for, understand and adopt the changes. 

  • The first phase, which commenced immediately on 20 October 2021, introduced greater domestic and family violence protections for tenants and residents.
  • The second phase, which includes legislation changes around renting with pets, ending a tenancy and repair orders, commenced on 1 October 2022.
  • The final phase of changes introducing minimum housing standards will come into effect in 2023–24.  

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Amendment Regulation 2022 (RTRA Amendment Regulation) released on 22 July 2022 provides further information about the tenancy law changes. 

Read about the background of the HLA Act.  

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