Changes to Queensland tenancy law and updated RTA forms

The Queensland Government’s Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (HLA Bill) was passed by Parliament on Thursday 14 October and became law on Wednesday 20 October 2021. 

The RTA has commenced administering Queensland’s new tenancy legislation and will continue to work with the Queensland Government and the Queensland renting community to ensure everyone has access to timely, accurate and impartial information, resources and education about the changes to residential tenancy laws. 

What is changing and when?

While the new tenancy legislation has been made law, it’s important to remember that not all changes commence immediately.  

The first change to be introduced is to provide options for people experiencing domestic and family violence to end a tenancy, which commenced on 20 October 2021.  

The remaining rental reforms will be implemented in phases over a three-year period to ensure the sector has sufficient time to prepare for, understand and adopt the changes, including: 

  • frameworks for all parties to negotiate renting with pets
    will commence on proclamation on a date yet to be set
  • changes to approved reasons to end a tenancy
    will commence on proclamation on a date yet to be set
  • minimum housing standards
    due to commence 2023-24

The HLA Bill amends the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 and Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2009. 

It also amends the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020, which has had its domestic and family violence provisions repealed as similar provisions are now incorporated in the new RTRA Act. The other three COVID-19 arrangements for residential tenancies will continue until 30 April 2022. 

These amended Acts and Regulations will be made available by the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel in the coming days. 

We strongly encourage Queensland tenants and property owners/managers to subscribe to RTA News to stay up to date on the latest announcements. 

Learn more about these changes and what they mean for your tenancy rights and responsibilities on our rental reforms web page

New and updated RTA forms from 20 October 2021 

In line with these legislative changes, the RTA has updated a number of general tenancy and rooming accommodation forms. Please ensure you download and use these latest versions

RTA forms (general tenancies and rooming accommodation) What's changed?
Refund of rental bond (Form 4) Updated to educate on availability of new Form 4a 
Bond refund for persons experiencing domestic and family violence (Form 4a) New form developed for all interested parties to use when requesting a rental bond refund due to a tenancy/residency interest ending on grounds of experiencing domestic and family violence 
Notice to leave (Form 12) Updated and removed educational reference to expired COVID-19 changes for minimum notice periods
Notice to leave (Form R12) Updated and removed educational reference to expired COVID-19 changes for minimum notice period
Notice of intention to leave (Form 13) Updated to educate on availability of new Form 20 and removed reference to repealed COVID-19 changes for domestic and family violence 
Notice of intention to leave (Form R13) Updated to educate on availability of new Form R20 and removed reference to repealed COVID-19 changes for domestic and family violence
Dispute resolution request (Form 16) Updated to reference new Form 20, R20 in item 10 
Pocket guide for tenants - houses and units (Form 17a) Updated to educate on availability of new Form 20 and new domestic and family violence provisions 
Pocket guide for tenants - caravan parks (Form 17b) Updated to educate on availability of new Form 20 and new domestic and family violence provisions
Notice ending tenancy interest (domestic and family violence) (Form 20) New approved form developed as required under the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill
Notice ending residency interest (domestic and family violence) (Form R20) New approved form developed as required under the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill
Domestic and family violence report Updated form to reflect new requirements under the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill and removed references to domestic and family violence provisions repealed from COVID-19 regulations
Continuing interest notice  New notice developed to support managing parties with meeting their responsibility to inform all remaining tenants/residents for the same residential tenancy or rooming accommodation agreement no earlier than 7 days and no later than 14 days after a vacating tenant/resident’s interest in the agreement ends on the grounds of domestic and family violence 
Domestic and family violence notice ending tenancy    Removed from use due to domestic and family violence provisions repealed from COVID-19 regulations 
Domestic and family violence notice ending residency  Removed from use due to domestic and family violence provisions repealed from COVID-19 regulations 
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