Landlords rights and responsibilities

Landlords rights and responsibilities

All landlords (or lessors) in Queensland have many rights and responsibilities to consider.

The Residential Tenancies Authority provides a guide for landlords renting out residential properties in Queensland.

Tenant character and credit checks

Tenancy databases list people who have previously had problems with their tenancies. These problems may include not paying rent or damaging property.

Smoke alarms

As a landlord, you are responsible for installing smoke alarms in your property.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service provides
detailed information on smoke alarm legislation.

Since 1 January 2017 legislation has specified the type, positioning, and interconnectedness of smoke alarms for Queensland homes.

Landlord insurance

As a landlord you are entitled to insure your rental property to cover yourself against possible financial losses, including damage to the property by tenants. Landlord insurance covers the building itself, with the option of insuring any contents that belong to you.

Contact an insurance company for more information on landlord insurance.

Maintenance and Routine Repairs
Sections 185 and 215
You are responsible for ensuring the property is fit to live in and in a good state of repair. The tenant should notify you of any maintenance or repairs needed, preferably in writing. You should organise the repairs within a reasonable time. If you do not, the tenant can issue you with a Notice to remedy breach (Form 11) giving you 7 days to fix the problem. If the repairs are still not done, the tenant can lodge a Dispute resolution request (Form 16) with the RTA. If conciliation doesn’t help resolve the issue, the tenant can apply to QCAT for an order about repairs. The tenant may also be able to give a Notice of intention to leave (Form 13) advising you of their intention to vacate the property for an unremedied breach. If you disagree with the Notice to remedy breach (Form 11), you can also apply for dispute resolution assistance.

» a serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area that unduly inconveniences a tenant in gaining access to, or using, the property. All other repairs are considered to be routine repairs. Remember to list your nominated emergency repairer in the tenancy agreement. If the tenant is unable to notify you or the nominated repairer of the need for repairs, or they have given notice but the repairs have not been made in a reasonable time, the tenant may arrange for a suitably qualified person to make the emergency repairs (up to the value of 2 weeks rent). You must reimburse the tenant for the cost of repairs within 7 days of receiving a copy of all receipts. If you and the tenant do not agree about the emergency repairs, or if you have not reimbursed the tenant within 7 days, you or the tenant can apply to QCAT for a ruling.

More information

Managing general tenancies in Queensland

Pool Fencing Laws

For more information on the rights and responsibilities of landlords, you can contact the Residential Tenancies Authority on 1300 366 311.