QCAT COVID-19 Update

Last updated 30 September

Current status of QCAT Residential Tenancy Disputes

Residential tenancy disputes are dealt with by QCAT under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008. In regional Queensland, the Magistrates Court deals with these disputes, acting as QCAT.

On 29 September 2020, the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Amendment Regulation 2020 (RTRA Amendment Regulation) commenced, amending the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020.

The RTRA Amendment Regulation means that the 6-month moratorium and measures to support it cease to apply after 29 September 2020, including:

  • fixed term agreement extensions for COVID-19 impacted tenants;
  • ending agreement provisions that prevent property owners from ending tenancies with COVID-19 impacted tenants without grounds and provide additional grounds for parties to end tenancies;
  • adjusted rent and bond processes that support parties to negotiate arrangement to manage the COVID-19 impacts on their tenancies;
  • mandatory conciliation of COVID-19 related tenancy disputes through the Residential Tenancies Authority.

However, the following protections continue until 31 December 2020:

  • provisions allowing tenants experiencing domestic and family violence to end their tenancies quickly;
  • protections for tenants against being listed in a tenancy database for rent arrears caused by COVID-19 impacts;
  • limits on reletting costs for eligible tenants who end their fixed term lease early;
  • short term tenancy statement extensions for moveable dwellings;
  • entry restrictions and requirements to support COVID-19 social distancing measures;
  • relaxed repair and maintenance obligations.

Further information can be found on the Residential Tenancies Authority website, or you can visit the Queensland Government’s Residential Rental Hub.

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