As a Solicitor I often advise UQ Students on various aspects of Residential Tenancy Agreements.
I believe that fore-warned is fore-armed and everyone needs to be aware of their rights and responsibilities before entering into any kind of Agreement.
In light of the recommendations of the Residential Tenancies Authority, QLD, and in conjunction with matters that I deal with on a regular basis, below is a quick overview of a few combined guidelines in regards your rights and responsibilities.
- The premises are fit to live in, in a good state of repair and comply with health and safety regulations
- Review Tenancy Agreement and specific terms therein
- The quiet enjoyment of the premises
- The premises are reasonably secure and that you get a key for each lock
- Vacant possession of the premises
- Check if Bond money has been lodged with the RTA – Bond Lodgement Form
- Receive receipts for rent paid – especially if paying in cash
- Entry and Exit Condition reports to be filled in
- Be aware of your rights and the options available to you under the current laws, legislations and regulations
- Seek independent legal advice if uncertain about anything
As a Tenant/Resident you have the following responsibilities:
- Pay the rent on time and live in a way outlined in the Tenancy Agreement
- Do not use the premises for any illegal purposes
- Do not cause a nuisance or interfere with the reasonable peace, comfort or privacy of a neighbour
- Keep the premises and inclusions clean
- Do not intentionally, maliciously or negligently damage, or allow someone else to intentionally, maliciously or negligently damage, the premises or inclusions
- Report to the Lessor/Agent any damage to the premises
- Abide by the terms of the Tenancy Agreement and any Body Corporate by-laws that apply
- Be responsible for your guests’ behaviour
- Pay for charges as outlined in the Tenancy Agreement
- Use the premises mainly for residential purposes unless otherwise agreed
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This material is general in nature. Before relying on the material in any important matter, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, and should obtain appropriate professional and/or legal advice relevant to their particular circumstances.
For further information and clarification please refer to the website of the Residential Tenancies Authorities https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/.