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News: Oz tenancy laws due revamp

Wed, 02 May 07

Queensland’s State Government is looking to revamp the Australian state’s tenancy laws...

The Government want to give tenants better protection and make landlords as responsible as private owners for water usage.

Its Cabinet has endorsed a discussion paper suggesting important changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that would affect tenants, landlords and agents. But there is to be ‘extensive public consultation’ before and legislative changes are made.

Among other things the paper proposes a prohibition on agents displaying photographs of rental premises that show tenants’ belongings without the tenant’s consents. Meanwhile tenants will be able to appeal against ‘excessive’ rent rises imposed at the end of tenancy agreements.

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