New Queensland Rental Laws You Should Know About

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New laws for minimum rental property standards are being introduced into Queensland Parliament, with landlords required to follow guidelines on their rental property condition, with new standards coming in effect from September 2023. 

According to the new minimum standards, rentals must be weatherproof, structurally sound and mould free. Inside the rental, kitchens must have a working cooktop, and toilets should be in working order.

Among new laws, Queensland tenants who are fleeing domestic or family violence can end their lease within seven days. However, for landlords wanting to end a lease at a tenanted property, there has to be an approved reason. 

Pets will be allowed in rentals, however, as a landlord, you can introduce reasonable conditions that may include asking tenants to keep pets outdoors or require a property to be fumigated, and carpets cleaned at the end of the lease. Check out this blog for useful tips on how you can pet-proof your investment property. 

Tenants will also be able to make minor modifications without needing landlord permission. These modifications are for health, safety and access reasons like adding deadlocks and furniture anchors. 

While these requirements must be met by September 2023, there’re less than 6 months to go before the Smoke Alarm Legislation comes into effect, so make sure your property has the new alarm system in place by January 1, 2022. 

More information about these laws will be coming out in the coming months, so stay tuned for any updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the new rental laws and smoke alarm legislation, speak to your property manager.

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