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Queensland’s rental laws set for major reform

The ABC’s Timothy Swanston reports (9.12.18) on the state government’s proposed reforms of Queensland’s residential tenancy laws.

‘Hundreds of thousands of renters across Queensland could now benefit from changing rental laws, with the State Government likely to introduce landmark reforms to the state’s tenancy act by the middle of next year.

‘After an extensive nine-week feedback process, about 130,000 responses were submitted to the State Government about what should change, from making pet ownership in rental properties easier, to capping rental price increases.

‘Tenants Queensland would like to see a cap on any rental increase 20 per cent above the Consumer Price Index, while others have floated a much lower cap of 1 per cent.

‘Tenants Queensland CEO Penny Carr said after four decades of little significant change to the legislation, it needed an overhaul.

‘… About 34 per cent of Queensland households are renters – a figure that is expected to climb in coming years.

‘State Housing Minister Mick De Brenni said that last year more Australians bought their seventh home than those who bought their first, and research from PRDnationwide shows the number of first home buyers in Brisbane has fallen almost 4 per cent.’

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