Rta Agreement Queensland
If, at the end of a previous fixed-term contract, a new fixed-term contract is proposed with an increased rent, no increase applies, since this is the offer of a new contract to which the tenant/occupier is not bound. For periodic leases outstanding at the end of a temporary agreement, all conditions of the temporary agreement remain applicable until the start and end date of the agreement. An agreement must contain standard conditions as defined in the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2008 (RTRA) Act. The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) publishes an agreement with these conditions (Form 18a). A public lease is used for tenants of public housing. Special conditions may also be included, unless they conflict with the provisions of the RTRA or do not contract. If, in a tenancy agreement, a tenant feels that a rent increase is excessive, they can apply for an appointment with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) within 30 days of receiving the notice of rent increase (s 92 RTRA Act). The court must take into account the range of market rents that are calculated for comparable premises, the proposed increase in rent relative to the current rent, the length of the lease, the period since the previous increase in rent, the status of the repair of the premises and all other relevant issues. There are no similar accommodation provisions. For rentals, the lessor must pay all expenses, including fees, taxes, premiums, rates or taxes (subject to exemptions from the state), except for service charges such as electricity, gas and water that must be paid by the tenant. If a building is not individually timed for a general service (excluding water), the contract must indicate that the tenant must pay for the general benefit, how the bill is split and how the money can be recovered by the tenant. A tenant may be required to pay all water costs if the land is individually dosed and certain water-saving appliances are installed.
Otherwise, a tenant must receive a reasonable amount of water free of charge (s 166 (4) RTRA Act). The calculation of what is appropriate takes into account the number of licensed inmates and all other responsibilities under the agreement that may affect water use (s 166(5) RTRA Act). Tenants of non-individual meters cannot charge for water (s 166 (2) RTRA Act). A tenancy agreement (also known as a rental agreement) is a legally binding written agreement between a tenant and a property manager/owner. A supplier is required to ensure that an agreement is reached in writing (s 77 (1) RTRA Act, but the RTRA Act continues to apply to an oral or tacit agreement (s 16). A copy of the agreement must be provided to the resident and the resident must sign it and return it to the supplier. Within three days of receipt, the supplier must provide the resident with a copy of the agreement signed by both parties (s 78 (2) RTRA Act). A copy of the contract must be given to the tenant and the tenant must sign it and return it within five days of receipt (s 62 (2) RTRA Act). A penalty is imposed if the lessor or agent does not provide the tenant with a copy signed by both parties within 14 days of receipt (s 62 (3) RTRA Act).
Rent can be paid in cash, check, to a financial institution, EFTPOS, credit card or by deduction of income, pension or other benefits.