About the RTA

Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008

Copies of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) and the accompanying Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2009 are available to download or purchase from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel (OQPC) website.

Download the Act (PDF 2.7MB) from the OQPC website.

The RTA's core responsibility is to administer the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.

The Act outlines the rights and responsibilities of tenants, property managers/agents, property owners/landlords and caravan park managers involved in residential renting in Queensland. It sets out what the parties to a tenancy agreement can and cannot do, how to address issues that may arise during a tenancy and explains what measures can be taken if one of the parties to a tenancy breaches the provisions of the law.

The Act also outlines the rights and responsibilities of residents, providers and agents in rooming style accommodation such as boarding houses, supported accommodation, off-campus student accommodation, licensed premises and employer-provided accommodation. Rooming accommodation is generally where accommodation is provided in return for rent of one or more rooms and residents share facilities outside of the room (e.g. bathrooms).

The Act combines and amends the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1994 and the Residential Services (Accommodation) Act 2002. The 2 Acts were repealed on 30 June 2009 and the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 commenced on 1 July 2009.

The RTA also administers the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2009 (the Regulation).

Download the Regulation (PDF 1.4MB) from the OQPC website.

New legislation

The Housing Legislation (Building Better Futures) Amendment Act was passed by Parliament on 25 October 2017 and assented to on 10 November 2017. It contains amendments to the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act).

This Act establishes the rules for residential and rooming accommodation in Queensland and sets out the rights and obligations of tenants, lessors and agents.

What will change

The changes to the Act allow for the development of a regulation to prescribe minimum housing standards for rental accommodation.

This will ensure a consistent standard of rental properties, improving access to safe and secure housing.

The amendments to the Act provide guidance to indicate what may be covered by the minimum standards in the regulation.

Consultation about what the standards will be, how they will be enforced and the impact on the sector will take place before the regulation is amended.