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Tenants Queensland backs proposed rental reforms

Posted November 18, 2019

The recently announced proposed package of tenancy reforms will go a long way to allowing Queensland renters to make a place their home, according to Tenants Queensland (TQ).

TQ CEO Penny Carr said her organization welcomed the proposed tenancy reforms flagged by the Palaszczuk government on the weekend and would be working through the details of the 170-page Consultation Regulatory Information Statement in the coming days.

“At a high-level TQ is very supportive of the package and we will be working with the Make Renting Fair in Queensland alliance to help renters and their supporters understand the proposed reforms to assist their engagement in the consultation process,” said Ms Carr.

“From the 2016 Census, we know there are more households in Queensland renting than purchasing their own home.

“There is a growing number of Queenslanders living in rental accommodation (many long term) including those with dependent children and older people. It’s imperative we modernize the laws to fit this new reality.

“These reforms are long overdue, and we commend the Palaszczuk Government for their significant work to get us to this point.”

Ms Carr said early signs suggest the reforms will provide positive changes for tenants seeking protection against unfair and retaliatory evictions, improving minimum housing standards, supporting those experiencing domestic and family violence and for renters who wish to keep pets.

Tenants Queensland will be working with the Make Renting Fair in Qld alliance to understand the package in details, make a submission and assist supporters of change to engage in the process.  To follow the Make Renting Fair in Queensland blog for updates on the proposed package and for details on how you can engage and support the proposed reforms go here.

To have your say on the first round of proposals for the reform of renting laws in Queensland go here.

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About TQ

Tenants Queensland (TQ) is a specialist community legal centre that provides a free advice and referral service for residential tenants in Queensland through its flagship QSTARS program. TQ aims to protect and improve the rights of residential tenants in Queensland, particularly those who are economically or socially disadvantaged. For more information go here.

For more information contact: Merrett Pye, Altitude Public Relations, 0422 096 049 or TQ CEO Ms Penny Carr 0418 747921