COVID-19 legislation for residential tenancies – ends 30 April 2022

The last of several legislative measures made by the Queensland Government to support residential tenancies impacted by COVID-19 will expire on 30 April 2022. Temporary arrangements have been repealed in stages since September 2020 as the state transitions back to normal residential tenancy arrangements beyond the pandemic.

As of 1 May 2022, the following COVID-19 measures will no longer be in place:

  • protections for tenants against being listed in a tenancy database for rent arrears caused by COVID-19 impacts
  • limits on reletting costs for eligible tenants who end their fixed term tenancies early
  • short-term tenancy statement extensions for moveable dwellings.

These measures applied to all tenancies and rooming accommodation, including social housing, and will continue up to and including 30 April 2022.

Tenants, property managers and property owners are encouraged to work together to find solutions to tenancy-related issues. If this is not possible, the RTA’s free and impartial dispute resolution service can help parties make informed decisions, with the goal of reaching a suitable outcome without the need for legal intervention.

Further information about other COVID-19 measures that have already ceased can be found on the RTA website. Tailored support in relation to the COVID-19 legislative changes can also be provided to customers via our Contact Centre. To have your questions answered, call us on 1300 366 311 between 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

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