Don't have a rental story but still keen to help fight for better rights for renters? Use the form below to lodge a submission in solidarity with renters.
Right now there’s an inquiry happening into rental reform in Queensland – and we've only got until Tuesday 13 July to get in as many submissions as we can. Use the form below to lodge a submission in support of reforms that:
- Cap rent increases
- Ban “rent bidding” for good
- End “no grounds evictions” by landlords
- Set minimum standards for rental properties
- Make it easier for renters to have pets
- Allow tenants to make minor modifications
Just make sure to:
- Enter your full name, email and current address, otherwise your submissions may not be considered properly made – your contact details will be automatically redacted
- You can also ask for your name to be redacted as well if you like, just include that in your submission text
You can also find more info about what's happening with rental reform in Queensland, and why these submissions are so important, at the bottom of this page.
Here's a quick run down on what's happening:
Back in May, I introduced the Greens’ rental reform bill into parliament. We proposed a broad range of reforms, from capping rent increases, to allowing tenants to make minor modifications. (You can read more about the Greens' Bill here – it's called the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Tenants' Rights) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021)
Labor came back a few weeks later with their own rental reform bill. But disappointingly, their proposed changes were really minor – and were slammed by rental advocates. (You can read more about Labor's Bill here – it's called the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021)
The Community Support and Services Committee is currently considering both these bills side-by-side, with their report back to parliament due in August. We now have a critical window of opportunity to push Labor to implement real rental reform. It’s time for us as renters in Queensland to organise, mobilise and fight back.
Back in early 2020, the REIQ mobilised 8,000 letters of opposition to crucial rental reforms, that were similar to some of what we’re proposing. Labor MPs heard from thousands of wealthy property investors and real estate agents. Their campaign was seemingly very effective, with the government capitulating to their demands in their current bill.
To counter their opposition and secure wins for renters in Queensland, it’s crucial that we out mobilise the REIQ.
Together we need to flood the inboxes of the Committee and of government MPs all across Queensland in support of better rights for renters. Let’s give Labor MPs no choice but to start listening to the 1.8 million Queenslanders who call rental properties home.