As an investment property owner, you need to constantly remain abreast of the many changes that state and federal governments are implementing to rental laws in order to make sure your property complies with all required legislation. Recently we have seen wholesale changes to tenancy legislation which have had a huge impact on the rental market, and more changes are on the way – Here’s what you need to know.
Starting 1st of September 2023 for new tenancies, including existing tenancy agreements which are being renewed, a raft of requirements known as Minimum Housing Standards will now apply to all rental properties in Queensland in order to ensure that all rental properties are safe, secure and functional.
Specifically, 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 does not include cases where the vermin, damp or mould has been caused by the tenant)
- include curtains or other window coverings, which provide privacy in rooms where the tenant might reasonably expect it, such as bedrooms
- 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, such as tap fixtures and adequate plumbing, if laundry facilities are provided. The laundry does not have to include a washing machine or other white goods, as these may be provided by the tenant.
Consequences for not complying with applicable rental laws can be severe and costly – Particularly if this non-compliance results in an accident, injury or illness to your tenant. It is recommended that as a landlord, you take the necessary steps and make the required investment to ensure your property is compliant with these new laws.
If you are an existing landlord with House, your property manager will be in touch with you shortly (if they have not already) in order to provide you with the necessary guidance to bring your property up to speed with these new requirements. If you are an investment property owner who is looking for an agency who can help and guide you through this process then please email us at [email protected] and one of our friendly property management specialists will be in touch with you to assist.
If you are a tenant who has concerns about the property you are renting and whether it adheres to the new minimum housing standards, please contact your property manager to voice your concerns and if necessary, contact the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) if you require further info.
As always, please feel free to get in touch if you require assistance with anything real estate related.
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