New residents with a rooming accommodation agreement will have the option to end a tenancy within the first 7 days of occupying a room if they believe it does not meet minimum housing standards. This builds on legislation, which allows residents to end a tenancy within the first 7 days of living at the property if it is not fit to live in, unsafe, or not in good repair.
If the resident chooses this option, they will need to issue the provider/agent with a Notice of intention to leave (Form R13) on the grounds that the rental does not meet minimum housing standards, giving at least two days notice to end the tenancy for rooming accommodation agreement.
If the provider/agent believes the property is in good repair and meets minimum housing standards, they may treat this as breaking the lease and seek compensation. If this occurs and the provider/agent and the resident cannot reach an agreement around compensation, either party can request free RTA dispute resolution.
If the resident and the provider/agent still cannot reach an agreement, the party who requested dispute resolution can take the matter to Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), which has the authority to issue legally binding orders.