Have your say with the REIQ Rental Reforms Advocacy Campaign
As you may have seen in the media recently, on 18 April 2023, the Queensland Government released its Options Paper setting out proposed stage 2 rental law reforms to yet again amend the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (RTRA Act).
What does this mean for owners?
The proposed reform focuses on:
· Limiting a property owner’s right to refuse a request for modifications from the tenant;
· Restricting a property owner’s right of entry;
· Limiting the information that a property owner may request when assessing a tenancy application;
· Restricting the amount of bond a property owner may charge;
· Reviewing the bond claims process;
· Capping break lease fees to a regulated amount.
The REIQ is concerned with ongoing and consistent rental law reforms in Queensland which are progressively eroding property owner rights and interfering with contractual relations. If you too are concerned by this, you can add your voice to the REIQ campaign which will advocate against the majority of the proposed stage 2 rental law reforms.
Here’s how you can contribute to the campaign and advocate against these proposed reforms:
1) Complete the Property Owner Survey:
Participate in the anonymous survey conducted by the REIQ to inform our advocacy efforts for the Stage 2 Rental Reforms Advocacy Campaign. Click here to access the survey. Please submit your responses by May 22, 2023.
2) Send a letter to your local State Member of Parliament:
Make your voice heard by reaching out to your local State Government Member of Parliament. The REIQ has prepared a template letter that you can modify and send to express your concerns.
> Copy and paste the letter into an email or word document.
> Ensure the addressee is your local State Government Member of Parliament. You can find your local members details here.
> Send by email to the Member of Parliament or by post.
With as many voices as possible, we can be heard by the Government and advocate for more fair and balanced law reforms that will benefit both tenants and property owners in Queensland.