The introduction of minimum housing standards for new tenancies apply to all new tenancy agreements from September 1st, 2023.
The Queensland Government introduced significant changes to the rental law that came into effect in October 2022. The changes were introduced in a staged approach and the next set of changes introducing minimum housing standards are due to come into effect September 1st, 2023.
The minimum housing standards are aimed at ensuring the safety, security and functionality of all Queensland rental properties. They should provide tenants, residents, property managers and owners with more clarity regarding their individual maintenance obligations.
The minimum housing standards specify that rental properties must:
Be weatherproof and structurally sound.
Be in good repair, with fixtures and fittings (such as electrical appliances) that are not likely to cause injury through normal use.
Have functioning locks or latches on all external doors and windows that can be reached without a ladder.
Be free from vermin, damp and mould (this would not include cases where the vermin, damp or mould has been caused by the tenant).
Include curtains or other window coverings that provide privacy in rooms where the tenant might reasonably expect it, bedrooms being an example.
Have adequate plumbing and drainage and be connected to hot and cold water that is suitable for drinking.
Provide privacy in bathroom areas and have flushable toilets connected to a sewer, septic tank or other waste disposal system.
Have a functioning cook-top if a kitchen is provided.
Include the necessary fixtures for a functional laundry if laundry facilities are provided. The laundry does not have to include a washing machine or other white goods appliances as these may be provided by the tenant.
The introduction of minimum housing standards for new tenancies apply to all new tenancy agreements from September 1st, 2023. This includes tenancy agreements that are being renewed, even if the existing tenants are staying at the property.
To read the changes to the minimum housing standards in more detail visit the RTA website.
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