Choosing a rental property


Rental law changes introducing minimum housing standards came into effect for new tenancies (including renewed tenancy agreements) from 1 September 2023, and will come into effect for all remaining tenancies on 1 September 2024.

A property owner or landlord owns a rental property but it is a tenant’s home. 

Tenants should make sure a property matches their needs and lifestyle before signing a tenancy agreement. 

They should also read the agreement and any special terms carefully before signing it and paying any monies.


  • Is the property the right size?
  • Is it in the right location for work and social activities?
  • Is it suitable for pets or children?
  • Can you maintain the property? (e.g. can you look after a pool, or large garden?)
  • Does the property have the facilities you need? (e.g. does it have a broadband connection? If not, can it be added and who will pay for these services to be made available?)
  • Will you have to pay for water usage?
  • In a rural property will you need to refill the water tank in dry weather?
  • Will there be additional costs for occasional garden maintenance? (e.g. disposing of green waste, tree pruning)
  • In a caravan park, will there be extra site costs?
  • If there are gas bottles, will they be filled at the start of the tenancy and will a receipt be provided?
  • Does the property have the level of security you require? (e.g. screens on windows)
  • Does the property meet minimum housing standards?

There are services that may help you choose a suitable rental property.

This video and other first-time renting resources have been developed for young people by the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition.


New tenant checklist

This checklist provides you with the important information you should check before and after signing your new tenancy agreement.

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