In very serious cases the RTA may commence criminal proceedings against an individual or corporation in the Magistrates Court. There is a two-tiered test applied in determining whether a prosecution should proceed: whether there is sufficient evidence to prove the matter beyond reasonable doubt, and whether prosecuting the matter is in the public interest. There is also governance over the approval of the decision to prosecute. This reflects the high level of time and cost commitment that the RTA incurs in proceeding to a prosecution. Previous RTA prosecutions Some previous prosecutions undertaken by the RTA can be found below Image 5 Mar 2020 Sunshine Coast landlord found guilty of unlawful entry RTA prosecutes self-managing landlord for entering tenant’s home without consent Image 17 Oct 2019 $5000 fine for property manager after repeat offences show “utter contempt” “Unscrupulous” offender Melissa Russo convicted Image 20 Sep 2019 Agent fined over ‘predatorial’ behaviour towards tenants Agency interfering with tenants’ reasonable peace, comfort and privacy of using rental premises Image 20 Sep 2019 Landlord fined $2,000 after RTA probe uncovers illegal entry offences Repeated breaches of landlord attract penalty Image 16 Apr 2019 Gympie landlord prosecuted after land-clearing works at tenants’ acreage home Court hands down $3000 fine. Image 18 Dec 2018 Real estate agent jailed after joint prosecution RTA, QPS and OFT collaborate in major investigation. Image 24 Aug 2018 RTA successful in Queensland-first prosecution Real estate agency fined for submitting misleading document. Image 7 Aug 2018 Getting your agreements right Cairns accommodation director prosecuted for offences against the Act. Image 24 Jul 2018 Brisbane property owner prosecuted for breaching rental laws A Brisbane property owner has been fined $2000 for unlawfully recovering possession of premises Image 24 Jul 2018 Queensland real estate agency fined $10k with a criminal conviction recorded The Court fined Coronis Realty for requiring a tenant to purchase carpet cleaning services Image 24 Jul 2018 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).