Laws to enable minimum rental standards introduced to Parliament

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni today introduced into Parliament new laws to enable minimum housing standards for rental accommodation.

Mr de Brenni said the new minimum standards would protect people from exploitation and substandard accommodation.

“It’s a concern that people can rent a property where the amenities don’t work, “Mr de Brenni said.

“I’m concerned that this creates a system where vulnerable Queenslanders can be forced to live in homes where basic services and amenities don’t work, and they have little recourse to do anything about it.

“Our amendments will enable new minimum standards to be set around ventilation, cleanliness, protection from damp, the dimensions of rooms, laundry and cooking facilities and privacy and security amongst others.”

Mr de Brenni said that further consultation will be undertaken about what these standards may look like, and how they will be enforced as part of a wider consultation into the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act.