Talking Tenancies
What is a tenancy agreement?

What is a tenancy agreement?

January 17, 2022

A tenancy agreement is a legally binding, written agreement between a tenant and a managing party. An agreement must be used even if it is between family or friends.  RTA's Helen Doogan joins us to talk about the different agreements and their importance. 

Caravans and moveable dwellings

Caravans and moveable dwellings

January 3, 2022

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) applies to renting a place to live in Queensland – including tenancy agreements for caravans, caravan sites, houseboats, rented manufactured homes and moveable dwellings for residential purposes. 

In this episode with RTA's Blair Lawson, we talk about the key differences in caravan and moveable dwelling tenancies. 

Festive season safety and security

Festive season safety and security

December 20, 2021

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, it can be easy to get carried away during the festive season with celebrations and commitments. In this episode, we have some tips and reminders to help tenants plan for a happy, safe secure and enjoyable holiday season. 

In this episode with RTA's Ben Gerwald, we talk about how to enjoy this festive season with peace of mind as a tenant in Queensland

Domestic and family violence protections

Domestic and family violence protections

December 6, 2021

Everyone deserves to feel safe at home, and domestic and family violence is never acceptable.  

Domestic and family violence (DFV) occurs when one person in an intimate personal, family or informal carer relationship uses violence or abuse to maintain power and control over the other person. 

Living with DFV can have a devastating impact on a person’s autonomy, independence, wellbeing and safety. 

In this episode with RTA's Sam Galer, we'll talk about the updated renting laws that may be able to help someone who is experiencing DFV in a rental property to leave the situation quickly, or feel safer in their home. 

 

How to protect yourself from rental scams

How to protect yourself from rental scams

November 22, 2021

The Residential Tenancies Authority urges Queensland tenants to remain vigilant and be alert when searching for their next rental property. 

Common scams can include online classified ads or social media posts from people pretending to be real property managers or owners that mislead tenants into paying deposits or bonds for rental properties that are sometimes fake or unavailable addresses. These unfortunate situations leave prospective tenants in the challenging position of trying to recover their losses which can be a long and drawn out process.    

In this episode, RTA’s Marc Fidler takes us through some tips on how to protect yourself from a rental scam.

Bushfire season

Bushfire season

November 8, 2021

Queensland experiences some of Australia’s most extreme weather events each year. Bushfire season typically begins in July and ends in October and can extend through to February, but with varying climate conditions, bushfires can occur anytime and anywhere.  

In this episode of Talking Tenancies, Andison Lai from the RTA discusses 4 key actions you can take to stay safe this bushfire season.

Storms, cyclones and flooding

Storms, cyclones and flooding

October 25, 2021

Queenslanders are no strangers to cyclones and severe storms that can produce hail, flooding rains, lightning, winds greater than 200km/h and storm surge. They are often unpredictable and can potentially cause major damage to property. It’s important to be prepared and aware to ensure your safety through storm season. Our RTA expert for this episode is Marc Fidler from RTA's Customer Experience team.

Keep your cool with airconditioning and pools

Keep your cool with airconditioning and pools

October 11, 2021

Queensland is known for its scorching summers and so keeping cool is important when the heat is on. In the latest episode of the Talking Tenancies podcast we discuss maintaining and repairing air conditioners and pools to ensure a comfortable summer for both tenants and managing parties. Our RTA expert for this episode is Stephen Watson from RTA's Customer Experience team.

 

Rights on rent

Rights on rent

September 27, 2021

The amount of rent, and how it should be paid, must be stated in the tenancy agreement. There are rules for rent increases and in some circumstances the rent may be decreased. There are also rules about the non-payment of rent. 

In this episode of Talking Tenancies, we delve into the tricky questions we receive on a regular basis when it comes to your rights on rent with the RTA’s Peggy McGuinness.

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.

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