Homes4Rent is an independently owned Southeast Queensland agency that prides itself on being purely property management focused.

New legislation coming into effect in 2023

In planning for the changes in 2023, we provide here some of the new changes.

Keeping of Pets

  • A lessor must respond to a tenant request for a pet within 14 days
  • If the lessor does not respond it is taken that the pet is approved

Grounds for refusal of a pet:-

  • Keeping the pet would exceed a reasonable number of animals being kept at the premises
  • The premises are unsuitable for keeping pets because of lack of appropriate fencing, open space or another thing necessary to humanely accommodate the pet
  • Keeping the pet is likely to cause damage to the premises or inclusions that could not practicably be repaired for a cost that is less than the amount of the rental bond for the premises
  • Keeping the pet would pose an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of a person including for example, because ethe pet is venomous
  • Keeping the pet would contravene a law
  • Keeping the pet would contravene a body corporate by law applying to the premises
  • The tenant has not agreed to the reasonable conditions proposed by the lessor for approval to keep the pet – for example the pet must be housed outside in its own shelter.
  • The animal stated in the request is not a pet

(The above does not apply if the dog is a what is classified as a working dog – an assistance dog, hearing dog, police or corrections dog)

Emergency repairs

  • The emergency repair limit has now been changed from two weeks rent to four weeks rent value

Minimum housing standards

  1. Weatherproof and structurally sound
  • Premises must be weatherproof, structurally sound and in good repair
  • Premises are not weatherproof if the roofing or windows of the premises do not prevent water entering the premises when ti rains
  • Without limiting subsection (1), premises are not structurally sound if –

-A floor, wall, ceiling or roof is likely to collapse because of rot or a defect or

-A deck or stairs are likely to collapse because of rot or a defect

-A floor, wall or ceiling or other supporting structure is affected by significant dampness

-The condition of the premises is likely to cause damage to an occupants personal property

  1. Fixtures and fittings
  • The fixtures and fittings, including electrical appliances must be
  • In good repair
  • Not likely to cause injury to a person through the ordinary use of the fixtures and fittings
  1. Locks on windows and doors
  • Premises let or to be let under a residential tenancy agreement must have a functioning lock or latch fitted to all external windows and doors to secure the premises against unauthorised entry
  • The above requirement only applies to the windows and doors that a person outside the premises can access without having to use a ladder
  1. Vermin, damp and mould
  • Premise must be free of vermin, damp and mould. Does not apply if vermin, damp or mould is caused by a tenant
  1. Privacy
  • Premises must have privacy coverings for windows in all rooms in which a tenant is reasonably to expect privacy including for example bedrooms.
  • Privacy coverings for windows include any of the following:-
  • Blinds
  • Curtains
  • Tinting
  • Glass frosting
  • Does not apply to a window of a room if a line of sight between a person outside the premises and a person inside the room is obstructed by a fence, hedge, tree or other feature of the property
  1. Plumbing and drainage
  • Premises must
  • Have adequate plumbing and drainage for the number of persons occupying the premises
  • Be connected to a water supply service of other infrastructure that supplies hot and cold water suitable for drinking
  1. Bathroom and Toilets
  • The bathroom and toilet facilities at premises must provide the user with privacy
  • Each toilet must function as designed including flushing and refilling and must be connected to a sewer, septic system or other waste disposal system
  1. Kitchen
  • Must include a functioning cooktop
  1. Laundry
  • If included must include the fixtures required to provide a functional laundry other than whitegoods



"*" indicates required fields

First Name*
I am a*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Scroll to Top

Quick Enquiry

"*" indicates required fields

First Name*
I am a*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.