Know your rights when renting

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Shifting into a new home is always a busy time. There’s moving and unpacking to be done, and if you’re renting, there’s the lease to sign, the bond to pay and the tenant entry condition report to complete.

There’s so much going on, it’s little wonder that some people are unsure about what their legal rights and responsibilities are when they rent a home in Queensland. However, help is available in the form of the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) tenants’ guide to the rules of renting.

The RTA guide – affectionately called theRenting in Queensland Green Book – has to be provided to anyone renting a home in Queensland.

When a tenant signs an agreement to rent a place to live in Queensland, the Green Book must be given to them by their landlord or property manager. The book outlines the tenant’s rights and responsibilities while renting houses, flats, units, townhouses and houseboats under the law.

When negotiating to rent a property, prospective tenants should have a basic understanding of their rights and obligations.

While every tenant must be given a (17a) booklet on renting in Queensland at the beginning of the tenancy, it’s important to know the basics prior to signing the tenancy agreement.

One of the big things to remember is that once a tenant signs the lease agreement, it then becomes a legally enforceable and binding contract.

Tenants should never be afraid to ask questions and if you are in doubt or are unsure on a point, you should ask the property manager for information or contact the RTA.

Also, always look for additional clauses in the contract and don’t act on impulse. The REIQ understands that there is strong competition for available properties, but do your homework first.

Further information on the rental process and tenancy law is freely available on the RTA website.

Click here to find out if your property manager is from an REIQ accredited agency.