*A full bond refund generally occurs at the end of the tenancy.
In a full bond refund you may either:
- refund the whole bond to the bond contributors (i.e. the parties who paid the bond – this is usually the tenants) OR
- allocate some, or all, of the bond amount to the property manager/owner, to cover expenses/claims such as damages, unpaid rent etc.
Tip: tenant/s and the property owner/manager should discuss and agree on how the bond will be paid out before lodging a refund request.
Important: Help is available for customers who are unable to use RTA Web Services or post. Please contact us if you require urgent help to submit a bond refund form. Your options will be discussed on a case by case basis.
Before you begin, you will need:
- your QGov login details (or create a QGov account)
- a bond number
- the handover or vacate date (if applying for a full bond refund)
- the new weekly rent, if applying for a rent reduction refund
- unique email addresses for all tenants
- your bank account details.
- your QGov login details (register for a QGov account now)
- your organisation’s RTA ID number (for joint lessors and organisations only, individual lessors do not require an RTA ID)
- a bond number for a current tenancy
- the new weekly rent, if applying for a rent reduction refund
- the handover or vacate date. If applying for a full bond refund, provide details of any claims on the bond
- reason and amounts of any claims on the bond
- unique email addresses for all tenants.
Note: Refunds are only paid into Australian bank accounts.
Remember: Any person knowingly submitting false or misleading details on the refund form is committing an offence under Queensland law. This includes knowingly providing incorrect email addresses for any of the parties.
For more information on QGov, including how to create a QGov account, visit the RTA's Understanding QGov page.
Who can submit a digital bond refund request?
Either the managing party or a bond contributor can submit a bond refund request. Bond contributors are generally tenants who have paid a share of the bond but may also be someone who has paid the bond on a tenant’s behalf.
To start the bond refund process through Web Services, you must be able to verify your digital identity through QGov.
You can only submit a digital refund request if:
- you are a party to the bond (either a managing party of a bond contributor)
- you are lodging a full bond refund or a partial refund following a rent reduction (for any other type of partial bond refund, such as claiming your share of the bond, please use the paper Refund of rental bond form).
- there is not already a bond refund in progress.
Note: If you do not have Australian-issued identification and cannot verify your digital identity through QGov, you can fill in the RTA’s paper Refund of rental bond form and post it to the RTA.
Until 30 April 2022, tenants experiencing domestic and family violence can end their interest in a tenancy quickly and apply to the RTA for their part of the bond to be refunded using the paper Refund of rental bond form. Tenants will also need to provide evidence (e.g. a notice to end the tenancy and a Domestic and family violence report) with their Bond refund form. Contact the RTA for further assistance in this process (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm, excluding public holidays). Learn more.
Responding to a bond refund request
What is the bond refund process?
The graphic below shows the process for bond refunds.
Please note: If the managing party submits the bond refund request through Web Services, and refunds 100% of the bond to the contributors, the bond will be paid out automatically. In this circumstance, the bond contributors do not need to agree to the refund, as the managing party is not making a claim on the bond. The amounts refunded to each bond contributor must match those on the bond lodgement for the bond to be paid out automatically.
In all other situations, a Web Service bond refund will progress through the stages outlined below.
Stage one - Fast Track refunds
Once a bond refund has been submitted by either the property manager/owner or a bond contributor, all parties on the bond will be sent a Bond Refund Fast Track request via email.
All parties have 48 hours to respond to the bond refund fast track before it expires. If all parties agree to the bond within this time, the bond can be refunded within hours.
To take of advantage of the Bond Refund Fast Track you should:
- speak to the other parties and agree on how the bond will be paid out, before you submit a bond refund request
- ensure everyone listed on the bond is aware of the refund and responds to the Bond Refund Fast Track email within 48 hours.
If all parties agree during the Fast Track period, the bond will be refunded.
If one of more parties does not agree to the bond refund during the Fast Track period, the refund progresses to the Notice of claim (NOC) stage.
Stage two - Non-fast track refunds and Notice of claim (NOC)
The Notice of Claim (NOC) is sent out if:
- one or more parties has not responded to the Fast Track request within the allocated 48-hour timeframe; or
- one or more parties has disagreed with the bond refund during the Fast Track period.
When this happens, the NOC will be sent out to any parties on the bond who did not agree to the bond refund during the Fast Track period. Parties who agreed with the Fast Track refund will not receive a NOC.
Important: If a customer disagreed with the Bond Refund Fast Track, they must still respond to the NOC if they want to dispute the bond refund. All parties have 14 clear days to respond to the NOC. If no one disputes the bond refund within this time, the refund will be automatically paid out as per the original refund request.
The NOC may be sent out via email or post.
- If the RTA has a consented email for the customer: An email will be sent to them with the NOC. The email will include a personalised link, which allows customers to respond to the NOC quickly and easily online, via Web Services. If customers cannot access RTA Web Services, the email will also include a PDF attachment of the NOC, which they can fill in and email or post it to the RTA.
- If the RTA does not have a consented email for the customer: The NOC will be sent to the address which the RTA has on record for them.
If none of the parties dispute the bond refund NOC, the bond will be refunded as per the original request.
If one or more parties disputes the bond refund NOC, the bond refund progresses to the dispute stage.
Stage three - Bond Disputes
If one or more parties responds to the NOC and disputes the bond refund, a hold is placed on the bond. An RTA officer will then contact all the relevant parties to start the dispute resolution process.
The RTA’s dispute resolution service is free and confidential and helps tenants and property manager/owners resolve disputes without the need for legal action. Learn more on our dispute resolution page.
If all parties reach an agreement during the dispute resolution process the RTA will allocate the relevant paperwork and the bond will be paid out.
If no agreement is reached during the dispute resolution process the RTA will issue a Notice of unresolved dispute. The bond refund dispute will then be referred to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). Visit the QCAT website for more information.
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