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Townsville real estate agents fined $8.5k for breaching rental laws

A real estate agency in Townsville has been fined $8,500 for committing several offences under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act).

On 22 March 2018 the Townsville Magistrates Court fined the agency for breaches of the Act which included unlawful conditions in tenancy agreements that required tenants to have carpets and curtains professionally cleaned at the end of a tenancy.

A penalty of $6,000 was handed down, with an extra $2,500 for unlawfully entering into a tenant’s home.

The RTA has ramped up its investigations and prosecutions in the past year to enforce regulatory compliance of tenants, property managers and owners.

For more information, visit www.rta.qld.gov.au or call the RTA direct on 1300 366 311.

The RTA is a Queensland Government statutory authority that administers the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008. We provide tenancy information, bond management, dispute resolution, investigations and prosecutions, and policy and education services.