Almost 4000 individual emails have been sent to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to oppose her government’s proposed rental reforms, since the REIQ launched its campaign against the changes last Wednesday night.
The first 1000 emails were sent within the first 48 hours of the campaign’s launch, sending a clear message that the real estate community stands firmly against these proposed reforms.
“Clearly, people are unhappy with these damaging proposed reforms and they are making their voices heard,” says REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella.
“Despite the State Government’s misleading and disingenuous explanations regarding the actual impact of the reforms, the community understands that the proposed changes would create the most onerous rental laws in the country.
“Tenants, landlords and real estate professionals alike are all lending their voices to the campaign, in an attempt to prevent the destruction of Queensland’s rental market.”
REIQ Rental Reforms – Campaign Update
The proposed reforms contain a consistent theme – loss of owner control and decision making power. Some of the most disturbing reforms include:
- abolishing a property owner’s right to end a tenancy at the expiry of its term, thereby allowing tenants to stay in the rental property for life (with only limited exceptions),
- requiring property owners to consent to pets unless a QCAT order can be obtained to allow refusal,
- giving tenants to the right to make certain property modifications and alterations without a property owner’s consent (for purposes such as accessibility and security), and
- allowing tenants to request other modifications to ‘personalise’ the property, and requiring a response within seven days otherwise consent will be deemed.
The REIQ is particularly concerned about the reforms’ potential ripple effect, which would see investors deterred from entering the rental market, subsequently reducing housing availability and increasing rates for those who rent.
This sentiment has been widely echoed by industry leaders, along with the wider real estate community, all of whom join the REIQ in opposing the proposed reforms.
But we can’t stop now. There is power in numbers, and together we must stand firm and voice our opposition against these proposed new laws.
The REIQ’s campaign website, www.rentalreforms.com.au, has a range of resources available for those wanting to make a difference to the outcome, including a direct link to email the Premier, a letter template to advise landlords about the proposed reforms, informative videos and a selection of shareable social media content.
It’s not too late to do something about these reforms.