I want to thank Premier Palaszczuk for giving Queensland’s rental laws a shake-up, they are old and need a refresh. I am a landlord and yes I do rent out a unit do an awesome tenant.
I personally come from generation rent, I have been renting for 20 years and I can tell you I have a different perspective to your average landlord. Our rent was $580 per week, enough to cover the mortgage and eventually own the property.
The QLD Government’s proposed reforms to Queensland’s rental laws are fantastic and I cannot wait for the changes to come in, I am backing the changes by the way.
Your traditional landlord is concerned about the following:
1. Ending tenancies – this reform will strip you of your right to not renew a tenancy agreement at the end of an agreed term. Current laws do not permit you to end a tenancy during a fixed term without grounds, so there is no need for this limitation. This reform will allow a tenant to remain in a tenancy indefinitely and for as long as the tenant wants unless you can establish a ground prescribed by law. Allowing a tenant to ‘stay for life’ erodes your right as an owner to determine who you wish to rent your property to and for what term.
2. Minimum Housing Standards – this imposes obligations on you to meet required minimum standards despite the shape, size or age of your property. It’s unclear what the scope and limits of these standards will be and the cost to you could be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
3. Pets – this proposed reform will require you to say yes to pets unless you can obtain an order from QCAT. In addition, the proposed ‘pet bond’ being promoted by the Minister is not, in fact, a pet bond. The ‘bond’ is merely a sum of money (approximately $150) that is set aside for professional pest control at the end of the tenancy if fumigation is required. Importantly, the proposed ‘pet bond’ does not cover damage to the property caused by having pets of any type (breed, kind) or size on the premises.
4. Modifications – this proposed reform will allow tenants to make modifications and changes to your property, without consent in some instances, and will reduce the level of control you have over modifications that a tenant wishes to make to suit their personal needs and preferences.
Overall, the proposed reforms will create increased risk and costs for you and erode your fundamental rights to protect your asset.
Here’s my view
I have concerns around the ending of tenancies or making it more difficult for a landlord to not renew a tenancy agreement after it has ended.
I need to know that if the tenant did not pay on time on multiple occasions, or has damaged the property then I reserve the right to not continue the tenancy after the agreement expires. I also reserve the right to sell after an agreement expires.
I am however on board with introducing Minimum Housing Standards, Allowing Pets, and Allowing Modifications to the house or dwelling
I have rented for many years and I’m personally tired of wanker landlords who think providing housing at high rates that is below standards is ok. that needs to end now.
Imagine having to move but the ONLY places you can find say no to pets, is it ok to put your pets up for adoption? HELL NO IT’S NOT.
Put your kids up for adoption too then! Animals are not more damaging than a kid with a crayon. Pets are for life, especially when buying a dog or a cat.
Modifications to house or dwelling
We’ve rented for a long period of time where the rent was $580 per week, a joke, a mortgage for that place was LESS, and what I don’t have rights to change things!!! When people PAY that much they deserve the right to personalise the house within reason and limits.
so as to not cause devaluation or damage to the property.
Chet Carter is an IT Professional of 22 years, but has worked with a range of businesses giving him in-depth understanding of many different industries. Chet Carter is a business owner but shares his knowledge and experience through posts like these.