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Time limits

The following common dispute types must be lodged with QCAT in a specific time limit. Refer to the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 for further information on time limits for all other dispute types.

Dispute typeTime Limit
A landlord or agent lodging a termination order after the handover date. Within two weeks of the handover date.
A landlord or agent lodging a claim for termination for failure to leave.Within 14 days of the Notice to Leave (RTA Form 12) expiring.
A landlord disputing the amount that would have been taken to be payment of a rental bond when a rent decrease is given in the first six months of a residential tenancy agreement.Within seven days of the first six months of the residential tenancy agreement ending.
A landlord objecting to a tenant's request for reimbursement of emergency repair costs.Within seven days of receiving the tenant's request.
A landlord or tenant disputing a rental bond.Within seven days after a Notice of Unresolved Dispute was issued from the RTA. You must also notify the RTA within the same seven day period that you have lodged your dispute with QCAT by providing the RTA with a copy of the QCAT receipt confirming your application. If you do not do this the bond will be paid to the first party who lodged a claim on the bond.
A landlord or tenant claiming there has been a breach of a residential tenancy agreement.Within six months after the lessor or tenant becomes aware of the breach.
A tenant disputing a significant change to a residential tenancy agreement.Within 30 days after the tenant enters into the residential tenancy agreement.
A tenant disputing a breach of restriction about a residential tenancy database listing.Within six months after becoming aware of the breach of restriction. If the listing has been unjustly or incorrectly made (as defined in the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008) there is no time limit.
A tenant disputing a rent increase because they consider it excessive.Within 30 days of receiving the notice outlining the rent increase.
A tenant objecting to a proposed park rule for a moveable dwelling park.Within seven days of receiving the Non-Resolution Notice about the proposal from the park liaison committee.
A tenant disputing a Notice to Leave (RTA Form 12) given without grounds, in retaliation for the tenant exercising their rights.Within four weeks of receiving the Notice to Leave (RTA Form 12).
A tenant disputing an Abandonment Termination Notice (RTA Form 15).Within 28 days of receiving the Abandonment Termination Notice (RTA Form 15).
A former tenant dissatisfied with a decision made by QCAT declaring a premises abandoned. Within 28 days after receiving notice from the landlord termination the agreement.
A provider wanting to declare a proposed rule change reasonable in rooming accommodation.Within seven days of the proposed starting date of the rule change.
A resident disputing entry to their room or removal of a resident from rooming accommodation.Within six months after the event happening.
A resident in rooming accommodation disputing a termination of agreement without grounds.Within two weeks after notice being given.
A provider or resident claiming there has been a breach of a rooming accommodation agreement.Within six months after the provider or resident becomes aware of the breach.

Descriptions of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website are general information only. They do not definitively describe the types of applications on which QCAT can make decisions. The relevant legislation determines QCAT's jurisdiction. If you are unsure about your legal rights, you should seek legal advice. Your individual circumstances should guide any actions taken to resolve your dispute.

Tenancy advice

For property managers: Real Estate Institute of Queensland – 1300 69 7347 (1300 MY REIQ)

For tenants: Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service - 1300 744 263

Last reviewed
29 September 2017
Last updated
29 September 2017

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