Locks and security


Rental law changes introducing minimum housing standards came into effect for new tenancies (including renewed tenancy agreements) from 1 September 2023, and will come into effect for all remaining tenancies on 1 September 2024.

The property manager/owner must supply and maintain all locks and provide the tenant with keys.

Keys include electronic key cards, swipe cards, fobs and remote controls.

The property manager/owner must provide:

  • each person named on the tenancy agreement with a set of keys to enter the property
  • a single set of keys for any lockable areas (e.g. buildings, security gates, rooms, sheds, lockable cupboards and mailboxes)
  • rooming accommodation tenants/residents with a room key and, if necessary, to the house or apartment building.

Once minimum housing standards come into effect for the property, the property manager/owner must also ensure there are functioning locks or latches on all external facing doors or windows which can be reached without a ladder. 

Copies of keys

The property manager/owner must give the tenant a key for each lock that is part of the premises. For example, a key for a lock on a door to a room in the premises, on the mailbox, on a door to a toolshed that forms part of the premises or on a built-in cupboard in the premises.

If there is more than one tenant named on the tenancy agreement then the property manager/owner must supply each of the named tenants on the tenancy agreement with a key for each lock that is required to access the premises.

Changing locks

If at any stage of the tenancy either party wants to change the locks, both parties must agree and neither party may unreasonably withhold their consent.

Locks can only be changed:

  • if the tenant and property manager/owner agree
  • in an emergency, or
  • by QCAT order.

End of the tenancy

All keys, including any copies made by the tenant, must be returned to the property manager/owner at the end of the tenancy. Failure to return all of the keys (including fobs/access cards/remote controls), may result in the tenant being invoiced for the cost to replace the keys, including the cost to change the locks.


If a property manager/owner have additional security measures installed, such as a security screen or grills on windows or doors, the rental property still needs to meet the requirements under minimum housing standards by having a functioning lock or latch.  

Security systems/cameras

If a security system, alarm or cameras have been installed, it is recommended the property manager/owner provides operating instructions and/or the product manual to the tenant. If a tenant wishes to install a system or alarm, they need to have written permission from the property manager/owner before installing.