All parties should be aware of their rights and responsibilities so they can make informed renting choices and help avoid problems during the tenancy.
Entry to the property
When a tenant is renting a property or room, it is their home. The property manager/owner may need to enter for an inspection, repair or a viewing, but it is important that the tenant’s privacy is respected. Know where you stand regarding entry to the property.
Minimum housing standards
Minimum housing standards aim to ensure rental properties are safe, secure and functional and provide tenants, residents, property managers and owners with greater clarity around their maintenance obligations for rental properties.
Minimum housing standards came into effect for new tenancies from 1 September 2023, meaning if a tenancy agreement is signed or renewed from this date, the property must meet minimum housing standards. Minimum housing standards will come into effect for all remaining tenancies from 1 September 2024.
Once minimum housing standards come into effect for the property, it will need to meet these standards when the tenant moves in and throughout the tenancy agreement.
Learn more on the minimum housing standards webpage.
Fixtures and structural changes
There are rules about the fixtures attached to, or installed in, a rental property and tenants must seek agreement from the property manager/owner before considering making any changes to these. Find out the requirements for attaching fixtures or making changes to a rental property.
Inclusions are everything supplied with the property for the tenant’s use and will vary from property to property. These must be working and in good repair when the tenant moves in and throughout the tenancy agreement. Find out your obligations for rental property inclusions.
Renting with pets
A tenant must seek approval from the property owner/manager to keep a pet and is responsible for all damages and nuisance caused by the pet. The property owner/manager must respond to a tenant’s pet request in writing within 14 days and provide reasons for their approval or refusal of the pet. Understand your rights and obligations around renting with pets.
Routine inspections are carried out to ensure the property is well cared for by the tenant and to check if there are any repair, maintenance or health and safety issues. Find out your obligations for routine inspections.
A tenant is entitled to reasonable peace, comfort and privacy, and must be able to make full use of their property. Find out your rights and obligations to quiet enjoyment.
Rules and changing site in a caravan park
A property manager/owner can make rules about the use, management and control of a caravan park. Find out your rights and obligations when it comes to caravans, moveable dwellings and sites in Queensland.
House rules in rooming accommodation
When the tenant signs the agreement for rooming accommodation, they are also agreeing to the house rules. If they break a house rules, they are breaking the agreement. Find out your rights and obligations for house rules in rooming accommodation.
Watch this video to understand your rights and responsibilities during a tenancy agreement.