Talking Tenancies
Special terms

Special terms

September 13, 2021

Special terms can be added to a general tenancy agreement or rooming accommodation agreement to provide guidance during the tenancy on things such as keeping pets, water charging and pool maintenance. 

In this episode of Talking Tenancies, we explore special terms on a tenancy agreement with Adam Busato from the RTA.

High density unit living

High density unit living

August 30, 2021

Apartment and body corporate living has its own challenges and rewards. Living in close proximity to others calls for greater consideration and sensitivity, but being part of a tight-knit community can be greatly rewarding. 

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tenancies podcast, we discuss high density unit living with Sarah Halligan and Andison Lai and what you need to consider when renting a unit, apartment or townhouse in a complex.

The role of RTA Investigations

The role of RTA Investigations

August 16, 2021

The RTA’s Investigations function supports fairness in the rental sector through ensuring that all parties to a tenancy comply with the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act (the RTRA Act). We achieve this through taking a proactive approach to education, targeted compliance activities and investigations on behalf of customers into alleged breaches of the Act. The RTA is a regulator and is therefore committed to conducting investigations in a way that is fair and equitable to both parties. 

In this episode of Talking Tenancies, we explore the RTA’s Investigations function with Stuart Taylor.

When a property becomes unliveable

When a property becomes unliveable

August 2, 2021

A property becomes unliveable when it: 

  • is fully, or partially, destroyed or 
  • can no longer be used lawfully as a residence  

It’s important to consider the liveability of a property on a case-by-case basis. When a property becomes unlivable, there are usually two options – to end the tenancy or to continue the tenancy. 

In this episode of Talking Tenancies, we discuss what can happen when a rental property becomes damaged or destroyed  with RTA Conciliator Ben Gerwald.

Water charges and leaks

Water charges and leaks

July 19, 2021

Lessors are allowed to pass on the full water consumption charges (including bulk water charges) to tenants provided they meet all the minimum criteria. 

At the start of the tenancy agreement, the managing party and tenant should negotiate arrangements for water charging and frequency of charges. 

In this episode of Talking Tenancies, we explore water charges and leaks in a rental property and discuss the rights and responsibilities of tenants and managing parties with RTA Customer Experience Acting Team Leader Michaela Alletsee.

Self resolution in tenancy disputes

Self resolution in tenancy disputes

July 5, 2021

Regular and open communication between parties in a tenancy is key to preventing disputes. If there is a dispute, it is best to be proactiverespectful and communicate clearly while negotiating and finding a resolution. Make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities under Queensland tenancy laws, and share information and knowledge with each other to work together. 

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tenancies podcast, we discuss self resolution steps with Shae Francis from Customer Experience at the RTA.

Utilities - charges and responsibilities

Utilities - charges and responsibilities

June 21, 2021

Tenants usually pay for services such as electricity, gas, phone and internet when renting a property. They may also be charged for water in some cases (conditions apply). In this episode of Talking Tenancies, we discuss the charges and responsibilities that apply to utilities in a rental property with Acting Customer Experience Team Leader, Jill Davidson.

Smoke alarm safety

Smoke alarm safety

June 7, 2021

Smoke alarms save lives. Reports have found that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if properly maintained smoke alarms are installed. In this week’s episode of the Talking Tenancies podcast, we discuss the importance of smoke alarm maintenance and safety for tenants and managing parties with Senior Support Officer, Sarah Halligan.

Selling a rental property

Selling a rental property

May 24, 2021

When a rental property is for sale while it is occupied by a tenant, there are several scenarios that can take place, so it’s important to be informed on rights and responsibilities as a tenant and a property owner/manager. 

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tenancies podcast, we discuss what is required from all parties when a rental property is for sale with Matt Sturgess from Customer Experience at the RTA.

Sub-letting or share housing

Sub-letting or share housing

May 10, 2021

Sharing a tenancy or a rental property is a popular way to keep living expenses affordable. While this can be in the form of sub-letting or share housing, they can be vastly different to each other and may affect your rights and responsibilities under the legislation. 

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tenancies podcast, we discuss the differences between sub-letting and share housing  with Jill Davidson from Customer Experience at the RTA.

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