Forms & resources

Glossary of terms

TermDefinition
Bond or rental bondA security deposit paid at the start of a tenancy
Co-tenancy / co-tenanciesAll tenants are named on the tenancy agreement
ConciliationResolution, compromise, settlement, mediation
Emergency repairSerious problem needing urgent repair
Fair wear and tearNormal wear in a property
Fixed agreementTenancy agreement with a fixed start and end date
FixturesThings attached or installed in the property, e.g. picture hooks
InclusionsThings included for use (e.g. dishwasher and furniture)
Lease breakIf a property manager/owner or tenant ends a fixed term agreement before the end date without suffiicient reason
LessorA property owner
Mortgagee in possessionMortgage company or bank takes over a property
Moveable dwellingCaravan, manufactured home, or site
Notice to remedy breachWritten document asking a person to fix a problem
Parties to the agreement / partiesEveryone included in the agreement e.g. tenant and manager
Periodic agreementTenancy agreement that extends for an unspecified period
Queensland Civil and Administrative tribunal (QCAT)Law court which decides on residential tenancy matters
Remedy breachFix a problem
Rent auctions / rent biddingBidding for how much rent a tenant will pay
Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008The law for renting residential accommodation in QLD
Rooming accommodationBoarding house, hostel, student accommodation
Routine repairNon-serious problem which can be fixed routinely
RTAResidential Tenancies Authority
Share home / share house2 or more tenants share the house and costs
State of repair / fit stateWell maintained
Sub-lettingOne tenant sub-lets to another
Tenancy agreementRental agreement, lease, contract
The ActResidential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008
The TribunalQueensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)
Unliveable / non-liveableCannot be lived in
Vacant possessionTenant must be out of the property
Warrant of possessionCourt order to have control of the property
WELS ratingWater efficiency labelling scheme
Without groundsHaving no reason for doing something