General tenancy agreement (Form 18a)

General tenancy agreement (Form 18a)
v17 Jun21

The General tenancy agreement (Form 18a) is used when renting a house, unit, apartment, townhouse or houseboat in Queensland.

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The General tenancy agreement (Form 18a) is used when renting a house, unit, apartment, townhouse or houseboat in Queensland.

A written agreement must always be used when renting, even if the person renting is family or a friend. It is a legally binding written contract that outlines the legal rights and responsibilities of a tenant and property manager/owner. It applies to everyone renting the property (e.g. those in share homes or co-tenancies).

It is the property manager/owner’s responsibility to organise the agreement and give a copy to the tenant before they pay any money or commit to the tenancy.

A tenancy agreement must include:

  • the name and address of the tenant and property manager/owner
  • the start and end date of the agreement (or state that it is periodic)
  • how the tenant should pay rent and how much is to be paid
  • standard terms (what the tenant and the property manager/owner can and cannot do)
  • any special terms  (these should be agreed in advance, e.g. a dog is allowed but must be kept outside)

Special terms

Special terms can be added if the property manager/owner and tenant agree.

Examples: keeping pets, water charging, pool maintenance

Signing the agreement

The tenant must sign the agreement and return it to the property manager/owner within 5 days.

The tenant should be sent a copy within 14 days of the property manager/owner receiving the original.

The tenant must also be given a copy of the Pocket guide for tenants – houses and units (Form 17a).

During the tenancy

The property manager/owner must give permission for any new tenants or sub-tenants before they can move in.

Property manager/owner records

The property manager/owner must keep a copy of the agreement for 1 year after the agreement ends.

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