Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
realestatebusiness logo

Breaking news and updates daily. Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Home of the REB Top 100 Agents
Breaking news and updates daily. Subscribe to our newsletter

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

REIQ: Latest law reforms could lead to Qld investor exodus

By Kyle Robbins
05 July 2022 | 1 minute read
Antonia Mercorella 2 reb

New Queensland rental legislative reforms could have a damaging impact on the industry, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

The Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2021 will implement a string of changes to the way the sector is run and managed. 

The reforms, which come into effect from 1 October 2022, include the removal of the right for property owners to end a periodic tenancy simply by providing notice, a move that could result in the extinction of these tenancy types, according to REIQ chief executive officer Antonia Mercorella.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“When these laws were passed, we warned they could effectively spell the end of periodic tenancies in Queensland,” Ms Mercorella outlined.

“We wouldn’t be surprised if periodic leases become extremely rare if not extinct in Queensland, which is a shame given the flexibility it offers both tenants and lessors.”

As part of a push from the REIQ to prepare property managers for these reforms, Ms Mercorella has advised property managers “to start talking to their clients now about the risk of a ‘never-ending tenancy’ if they don’t transition periodic tenancies to fixed-term tenancies ahead of the new laws”.

She has also warned property managers to plan for an increase in the number of tenants seeking approval for pets, given the legislative changes have restricted owners to only denying pets if they can establish prescribed grounds.

While she acknowledges that pets can at times be an extension of the family, Ms Mercorella stated that “not all property owners feel comfortable with the potential risk of pet damage to their property and its value”.

“Previously, property owners could choose to simply say ‘no’ to pets in their property, but with these new laws, property owners will have limited grounds to refuse a pet request,” she said.

Despite the silver lining of these changes, which afford property owners “the ability to impose certain conditions in relation to the approval of a pet in their property, and be able to seek compensation for damage caused”, she is alert to the potential shrinking of the rental pool should investors tap out due to these new rules.

“The unfortunate reality is that for some, this will take the shine out of investing in Queensland property,” she said, adding that despite the appeal Queensland presents investors, the more property owners’ choices were restricted, the less attractive the Sunshine State becomes. 

“While some property investors may have made the decision to sell in anticipation of the new laws being introduced, it’s concerning to think what the aftermath could be once the laws are in operation.”

Ms Mercorella hopes the Palaszczuk government has identified how heavy-handed legislative reform “disrupts the delicate balance of contractual rights between tenants and property owners”, which, in turn, “can have unintended consequences for the entire rental market”.

“We can only hope the state government is paying close attention to the impacts of these new laws, before they launch into the controversial phase two of rental reforms flagged for this year,” she said.

She concluded by expressing that while there does need to be protection available to tenants, “finding the right balance is important, because we do heavily rely on private investors when it comes to housing Queenslanders”.

The new legislation will also introduce provisions that remove the ability for property owners to end tenancies without grounds and implement protections for tenants experiencing domestic and family violence, providing them streamline termination rights as well as establishing additional approved reasons for lessors and tenants to end a tenancy.

In response to the Queensland government’s rental reforms, the REIQ has indicated that it will be providing comprehensive and practical training centred around the new tenancy laws to property managers and principals across the state.

REIQ: Latest law reforms could lead to Qld investor exodus
Antonia Mercorella 2 reb
lawyersweekly logo

Tags:

Rankings
rankings
JUST RELEASED
May 09, 2022

REB Top 50 Women in Real Estate 2022

REB is thrilled to present the Top 50 Women in Real Estate 2022 ranking, which sets t ... LEARN MORE

rankings
JUST RELEASED
May 04, 2022

REB Top 100 Agents 2022

Now in its second decade, the REB Top 100 Agents 2022 rankings are the most revered s ... LEARN MORE

rankings
JUST RELEASED
May 02, 2022

REB Top 50 Agents NSW 2022

Even a pandemic has not put the brakes on the unstoppable property market in NSW, whi ... LEARN MORE

rankings
JUST RELEASED
April 27, 2022

REB Top 50 Agents VIC 2022

The COVID-19 crisis has not deterred the property market in Victoria, which has been ... LEARN MORE

rankings
JUST RELEASED
April 25, 2022

REB Top 50 Agents QLD 2022

As the property market continues to roar in Brisbane and Queensland, the REB Top 50 A ... LEARN MORE

Coming up

rankings rankings

 

Subscribe to our RPM
mailing list

 

Do you have an industry update?

top suburbs

12 month growth
Box Hill
127.02%
Mollymook
82.85%
Brightwaters
79.93%
Cleve
78.13%
Bawley Point
76.2%
Murrays Beach
75.57%
Terranora
70%
Crescent Head
69.38%
Park Ridge South
68.32%
Mollymook Beach
67.09%
SEE AREA REPORTS ON SMART PROPERTY INVESTMENT WEBSITE
Subscribe to Newsletter

Ensure you never miss an issue of the Real Estate Business Bulletin.
Enter your email to receive the latest real estate advice and tools to help you sell.