Secret Tenants’ Business – QLD Amendment Bill for Tenancy Databases

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Amendment Bill 2011 was introduced into Queensland Parliament on 10 May 2011 by the Hon Karen Struthers MP, Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women.

If adopted by Parliament the Bill will introduce additional measures regarding tenancy database listings, so that Queensland laws are consistent with laws being introduced nationally.

To view the Bill and related material visit www.legislation.qld.gov.au

Background

Queensland was the first state to introduce laws to regulate listings on tenancy databases, in 2003.

The following year, a national working party was established by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) and the Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA) to consider the issue of tenancy databases.

The working party recommended the development of national uniform laws in 2006.

The model provisions were drafted in accordance with the recommendations in the final report of the joint SCAG/MCCA working party, Report on Residential Tenancy Databases, and the associated Regulatory Impact Statement.

There was a national consultation process for the draft model provisions between November 2009 and January 2010.

Queensland consulted on the draft Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Amendment Bill 2009, which showed how the model provisions would be implemented in Queensland.

Queensland led the drafting of the laws and coordinated the national consultation on the draft provisions from December 2009 to January 2010.

The MCCA formally adopted a revised set of model provisions in December 2010.

What are residential tenancy databases?

Residential tenancy databases are commercial electronic databases that contain information about a person’s tenancy history.

Most real estate agents subscribe to one or more of the databases, using them to evaluate prospective tenants.

Source: www.rta.qld.gov.au

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