Managing Tenancies—ending tenancies fairly
Recommended option: Require property owners to only end tenancies for approved reasons and introduce additional approved reasons to end a tenancy
The ability for property owners to end a tenancy without grounds would be removed. No further change is proposed to existing approved reasons to end a tenancy.
Additional approved reasons to end a tenancy would be introduced, including:
For property owners
- The owner or their immediate family needs to move into the rental property
- Significant renovations or repairs to the property are to be undertaken
- The rental property has been sold and vacant possession is required
- There has been a serious or significant breach of the tenancy agreement due to the actions of a tenant, occupant or guest
- A person is occupying the rental property without consent (such as a squatter)
- Rental property is not in good repair, is unfit for human habitation, or does not comply with minimum housing standards
- Property owner has not complied with a QCAT Repair Order to undertake or maintenance of the rental property within the specified time
- The property owner provided false or misleading information about the tenancy agreement or rental property
- A person is escaping domestic and family violence
- A co-tenant is deceased
For the Queensland Government
- The rental property is required for a public or statutory purpose
- The Department of Housing and Public Works requires the rental property to manage public housing as a scarce resource
Protections against retaliatory actions would be enhanced.
Property owners could use an expanded set of additional approved reasons to end a tenancy agreement with grounds if their circumstances change to ensure they are not unfairly locked into a tenancy agreement.
Consultation has concluded