The Queensland Government has introduced changes to some COVID-19 arrangements for residential tenancies from 30 September 2020.
The amendments were designed to help the Queensland residential rental sector transition back to normal tenancy arrangements and processes under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.
Laws for tenants and property owners affected by COVID-19 were introduced on 24 April 2020. The changes from 30 September will continue until 31 December 2020. These changes affect all general tenancies and rooming accommodation, including social housing.
What has changed from 30 September 2020
The six-month eviction moratorium, and measures implemented to support it, will cease to apply from 30 September 2020, including:
- fixed term agreement extensions for COVID-19 impacted tenants
- ending agreement provisions that prevent property owners ending tenancies with COVID-19 impacted tenants without grounds and provide additional grounds for parties to end tenancies (owner occupation and sale of premises which require vacant possession)
- adjusted rent and bond processes that support parties to negotiate arrangements to manage COVID-19 impacts on their tenancies
- mandatory conciliation of COVID-19 related tenancy disputes through the RTA
What will continue until 31 December 2020
Other protections will continue to apply until 31 December 2020, including:
- provisions allowing tenants experiencing domestic and family violence to end their tenancies quickly
- protections for tenants against being listed in a tenancy database for rent arrears caused by COVID-19 impacts
- limits on re-letting costs for eligible tenants who end their fixed term tenancies early
- short term tenancy statement extensions for moveable dwellings
- entry restrictions and requirements to support COVID-19 social distancing measures
- relaxed repair and maintenance obligations
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