New rental laws have been passed in Queensland Parliament overnight.
The new laws are in response to COVID-19 and include measures to protect tenants.
The laws apply to both private and commercial tenants.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Parliament last night that while not a “panacea for everything,” the new laws were “timely and flexible measures.”
“The COVID-19 emergency is evolving. There is nothing stopping us from coming back to Parliament at some later date and changing the sunset requirements as the situation demands.”
What Are The New Laws
- Tenants are protected from eviction if they are struggling to pay their rent.
- Fixed term tenancy agreements must be extended (if the tenant wants to stay on) until the end of September.
For tenants who are struggling to pay their rent, they must be able to demonstrate that their income has been reduced by 25% or more due to COVID-19, or where rental payments total 30% or more of the reduced household income.
While both sides of politics agreed to pass the new laws last night, the State Opposition argued it would hurt “mum and dad” investors who owned rental properties.
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Fraser, K, “Queensland Parliament passes new rental laws among string of Covid-19 measures”, The Courier Mail, 22 April 2020
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