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July 1st 2009
New rental laws start today

New tenancy laws come into effect from today which include fixed advertised prices.

State Minister, Karen Struthers, said the new laws came about after widespread consultation with stakeholders.

"While most of the Residential Tenancies Act remains the same, it's important that people who rent understand what the changes will mean for them. It's important for property owners too," Ms Struthers said

Some of the key changes include: rental properties to be advertised at a fixed price; tenants on fixed term agreements can challenge terms they consider unreasonable, such as excessive rent increases; a minimum 6 months before rent can be increased; and extending the notice period for terminating a fixed term agreement from two weeks to two months

"It's important that everyone involved in Queensland's rental market understands their rights and responsibilities under the new Act," Ms Struthers said.

Information, including forms and fact sheets, is available on the RTA website at www.rta.qld.gov.au

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