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The latest (and past) Real Estate Excellence Member updates can be downloaded at Member online in the latest member update folder. Scroll down to review the contents of the Real Estate Excellence monthly Member update service. Member updates are emailed to financial members each month and can be found at Member online login (realestateexcellence.com.au) in the latest Member update folder. The FREE Real Estate Industry email update which members also receive can be found here.  The  Real Estate Excellence Industry Update is a free service.   Member offices staff update details form here  Public  running blog - RTRA Act review here

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Member updates information in date order below

23rd June 2021 

As per my video for Real Estate Excellence - Stacey Holt SHREE members private group | Facebook and SHREE members yesterday Short video update for Members here. I’m uploading the proposed Labor Government tenancy reforms at member online. RTRA Act review folder then training videos folder.

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22nd June 2021 Short video update for Members here.

20th June 2021

Queensland to use the Check in App for open homes. More information to come Real Estate Excellence members via the Member update email service.

COVID check in app for open homes SHREE members. A short podcast for Real Estate Excellence - Stacey Holt SHREE members private group | Facebook.

Queensland Government statement in part 'Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the changes are largely made possible by the success of the Check in Queensland App that has sped up contact tracing.

The Minister said more venues will be required to use the app.

“Places like food courts, open houses, hairdressers, casinos, theme parks and caravan parks will be required to use the app,” Minister D’Ath said. Read full media statement at the Industry update.

Below from the Premier Facebook page

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Below from The Courier Mail 21st June page 6.

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20th June 2021 - RTRA Act draft amendments

Real Estate Excellence Members, (posted socia media)

Ready for you Monday - screen shot below of member online www.realestateexcellence.com.au/memberonline - latest member update folder OR RTRA Act review folder.

I will email some of below once I know if submissions are being sought etc. It may be later in the week starting 21st June.

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19th June 2021 - Members listen to podcast re tenancy reform Bill here.

All upcoming Property Management Excellence PME - Stacey Holt special one day events will discuss proposed amendments specific to the session topics.

www.realestateexcellence.com.au/trainingevents

Sourced from Courier Mail 19th June 2021 PAGE 4.

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18th June 2021 2pm email sent to Members

Real Estate Excellence - Stacey Holt SHREE members private group - I will be studying the proposed bill today and in due course providing you with an overview. I will also advise regarding submissions for you and your lessor clients regarding the proposed changes. I suggest working on this Bill as opposed to the Greens Bill at this stage. You may wish to provide commentary to the Committee (for the Greens Bill) as you see fit (and your clients).

18th June 2021 - Posted to Social Media including the Members only Facebook group and Instagram page

Labor look to be introducing their own tenancy amendment bill which will “knock” the Greens bill as they have majority Government.

Labor to introduce their own tenancy law Bill to Queensland Parliament. A new Property Management Excellence PME - Stacey Holt podcast. Listen here.

As stated in my podcast about below, the Devil is in the detail. A quote for CM article “Under newly proposed laws, a landlord will be able to decide not to offer a tenant a renewed contract if they do not wish to, but they will not be able to issue a notice to leave “without grounds”, giving tenants more certainty.”

Real Estate Excellence members, we shall update you more once more information and facts are available.
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18th June 2021 12.30pm Government statement Tenancy law reforms

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Palaszczuk Government moves to make renting fairer

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its commitment to make renting fairer, with the introduction of new legislation into Queensland Parliament today.

The proposed laws will make it easier for Queensland renters to have a pet, and end ‘without grounds’ evictions, providing more certainty about ending a lease. 

Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said the proposed reforms provide a balanced approach and help deliver certainty for the 34 per cent of Queensland households who rent.

“Queenslanders rely on safe, secure and affordable housing and we’re delivering on our election commitments to improve confidence in the rental market,” Ms Enoch said.

“The new laws provide a strong, balanced approach that protects the rights of renters and lessors, while improving stability in the rental market.

“At a time when more Queenslanders are renting, and renting for longer, we need to encourage market growth to help increase the number of rental properties in Queensland, while also protecting the rights of tenants.
“Our legislation strikes the right balance between the needs of the community, while also supporting continued investment in the housing market.”

The new laws will ensure all Queensland rental properties meet minimum quality standards, will provide clarity about the end of a tenancy, and will make it easier for renters to have a pet.

“We are also ensuring people fleeing domestic and family violence are able to end a lease with seven days’ notice, to ensure there is no barrier to being able to end a lease quickly and safely.”

These reforms progress Stage 1 of the Palaszczuk Government’s rental law reforms.
Ms Enoch said that some of the proposed renting reforms, such as the domestic and family violence measure, were tested during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These reforms have been proposed following public consultation, to ensure all Queenslanders could have their say.
“We also received over 135,000 responses through the Open Doors to Renting Reform consultation, and over 15,000 responses when we consulted on Stage 1 reforms through the Regulatory Impact Statement,” Ms Enoch said.

Minister Enoch said the Greens’ renting Bill which was introduced in May would make it less likely that an owner would rent out their property.

“What we need right now are more rental properties available for Queenslanders and their Bill will do the exact opposite.

“Once again, the Greens have demonstrated they are incapable of balanced and responsible policy-making,” Ms Enoch said.
Ms Enoch said that seniors living in resident-operated retirement villages would also benefit from the amendment legislation introduced today.

“The proposed changes will deliver on another of our election commitments, to enable resident-operated retirement villages to be exempted from mandatory buyback requirements under the Retirement Villages Act 1999,” she said.

“This will provide certainty and peace of mind to a small number of retirement villages where residents control and operate the retirement village themselves.”

Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said the government consulted extensively with various stakeholders to seek a fair and balanced outcome in the renting reforms.

“We recognise that tenancy laws in Queensland must be modernised to keep pace with our changing rental landscape. In circumstances where 36% of our community rent their homes, the right regulatory framework is critically important to provide security and certainty to both tenants and owners,” Ms Mercorella said.
Micah Projects CEO Karyn Walsh said the domestic violence provisions in the Bill were vital during the COVID-19 health emergency.

“I applaud the Government for ensuring that these provisions will remain in legislation. Being able to leave a tenancy without a financial burden is an important consideration for women and families fleeing domestic violence,” Ms Walsh said.

What the new renting laws will do:

  • Establish minimum standards to ensure all Queensland rental properties meet standards for safety, security and functionality. This includes making sure accessible windows and doors have functioning latches, kitchen and laundry facilities are in good repair and do not present a safety risk with normal use, and properties are weatherproof and structurally sound.
  • Provide clear approved grounds for how a tenancy can be terminated. For a lessor, this can include: end of the agreed term under a fixed term lease, significant repair or renovation needing to occur, sale of property, and owner occupation. Lessors will also be able to seek an order from the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to terminate the tenancy for significant or serious breach of the lease by a tenant. For a tenant, this can include: property not being in good repair and not complying with minimum standards, lessor provided false or misleading information about the lease or property, co-tenant is deceased.
  • A property owner will not be able to issue a notice to leave ‘without grounds’, providing tenants with more certainty.
  • A tenant can end their interest in a lease with seven days’ notice if they are unable to safely continue it because they are experiencing domestic and family violence.

If a tenant requests to keep a pet, a lessor must have reasonable grounds to refuse and respond in writing to this request within 14 days. Reasonable grounds include if the property is unsuitable, and if keeping the pet would breach laws or by-laws. Lessors can also place reasonable conditions on pet ownership, including that the pet is to be kept outside or that carpets are cleaned and the property is fumigated at the end of a lease. Rent increase is not a reasonable condition. The laws also clarify that fair wear and tear does not include pet damage.

16th June 2021

RTRA amendment bill and making submissions. Real Estate Excellence - Stacey Holt SHREE members private group podcast. Listen here.

15th June 2021

Dear Members, (part of email sent shown below)
Further to my email to you Sunday, I have written overnight to the Minister for Housing. Please read below. Watch short video An update for Real Estate Excellence members regarding the tenants rights bill - YouTube - The FB and Instagram private member groups mentioned in the video details Contact and Connect (realestateexcellence.com.au)

13th June 2021 - RTRA Act Bill update - As it happens Member update - emailed to Members 13th June 2021

Good morning members,

Please refer to information below and an update regarding the RTRA Act proposed amendments introduced to Parliament and as advised to you in the June Real Estate Excellence Member Update. As advised in the June Member update, the bill has been passed to a committee for review. The committee is calling for submissions regarding the Bill. I shall advise members of any further updates accordingly. More information is provided in the email to Members with a copy in the latest Member update folder at Member online / folder Latest Member Update - As it happens member update June 2021.

2nd June 2021

The contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update June 2021 is below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder from 7th June at Member Online. The update will be emailed to Members on the 8th June.

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27th May 2021 

RTRA Act amendment bill in Queensland Parliament. Members please watch short video here. Or, listen to podcast here.

6th May 2021

Below posted in Real Estate Excellence member Facebook group Queensland member office private group here and social media. 

This part below being reported by 9 News isn’t accurate.
 
“Other pandemic measures remain until October; including residents not being evicted from rentals if COVID-19 cost them financially”.
 
Members of Real Estate Excellence, refer to Member Update emailed 4th May as to what’s now in place. Please refer to that and not the news for correct information. Email us to be resent if needed.
 
“Changes to Queensland's rental rules for both tenants and landlords have come into effect this month, and more changes are on the way.
 
Tenants can no longer refuse inspections to socially distance, while landlords can't deny minor property repairs.
 
Other pandemic measures remain until October; including residents not being evicted from rentals if COVID-19 cost them financially, and quickly breaking leases for those who are suffering domestic violence”.
 
9 News read more here.

5th May 2021

The contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update  May 2021 is below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder from 7th May at Member Online. The update will be emailed to Members on the 12th May.   

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1st May 2021

A special as it happens Member update is being uploaded to Member online login (realestateexcellence.com.au) at 8am and will be emailed to Members on Tuesday 4th May 2021. 

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6th April 2021

The contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update  April 2021 is below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder from 13th April at Member Online. The update will be emailed to Members on the 14th April.  

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29th March 2021 

Covid restrictions for all of Queenland from 01st April noon to 15th April information can be found Real Estate Excellence Industry Update (scroll down to 1st April 2021).

23rd March 2021 

Good morning,

The Covid temporary regulations for tenancy came in to effect April 24 2020 and were due to end December 31 2020. They were then extended until April 30, 2021. There is a bill in Queensland Parliament for the tenancy Covid regulations to be again extended. Parliament is sitting for three days this week starting from today.  

The bill if passed (and no reason it should not be particularly given Covid is not over, and there is a majority Labor Government), the new date for the ending of the Covid tenancy regulations will be 30 September, 2021. Real Estate Excellence members, we shall advise you via the April Real Estate Excellence Member Update service confirming the extended date, and an overview of what laws remain in place. More information can be found at the RTA website regarding the Covid legislation. Members of Real Estate Excellence, be sure to email us for any best practice advice and or support. 

20th March 2021

Members will be emailed an 'As it Happens Member Update' on Monday 22nd March. The update has information regarding Anzac Day and Real Estate trading laws for the Public Holiday 26th April 2021..  The update can also be found at Member online in the latest member update folder (called Anzac Day 2021 Real Estate Excellence member update).

The Real Estate Excellence Member Update service is usually emailed to members during the first week of the month. Due to Easter, the April Real Estate Excellence Member Update will be emailed to members on the 14th April.

Watch a short video here regarding the amended smoke alarm laws and the trigger date. 

27th February 2021

The March 2021 Real Estate Excellence member update is now at Member online. The update will be emailed to members on the 3rd March.  The contents of the update  are below. The following chapters (folders) of the PME manual (part of the Property Management Excellence PME system have been updated and will be released at Member Online March 1,  2021.  (Click here  to review all the contents of the 39 chapters of PME).

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22nd January 2021 - edited on 28th January 2021

The following chapters (folders) of the PME manual (part of the PME system) have been updated and will be released at Member Online  February 1.
 
Folder 02 - Prospecting and new business
Folder 03 - The management agreement and property owner obligations
Folder 11 - Sales and rental property
Folder 15 - Change of shared tenancy
Folder 17 - Lease renewals and rent/bond increases
Folder 18 - Lawfully ending a tenancy
Folder 30 - QCAT - Tribunal
 
Some of the updates include new paragraphs (Click here  to review all the contents of the 39 chapters of PME).
 
The new paragraphs include increasing management fees, tenant requesting evidence of sales appointment and the law, tenant requests extension of handover day after being given a notice to leave, or giving a notice of intention to leave.
 
We shall advise PME members of the updated chapters with the February Real Estate Excellence member update.

18th January 2021 

Contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update February 2021 below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder from 1st Febuary at Member Online. The update will be emailed to Members on the 3rd February. 

FEB 2021 member update

8th January 2021

Members please refer to the Real Estate Excellence Industry

Update for information regarding the greater Brisbane Lockdown due to Covid19. (date 8th January on blog)

29th December 2020

Posted on social media pages and Real Estate Excellence member offices FB group.

Queensland member office private group here.

Notice periods expiring on weekends and public holidays.

The last day of a notice period (notice, approved form) cannot expire on a weekend or public holiday and should be moved to expire the next business day (midnight) due to section 38 of the Acts Interpretation Act (set out below).

For example; if the last day of a Form 11 Notice to Remedy breach (minimum 7 clear day notice) expired on a weekend or public holiday, the last day, expiry date, should be moved to the next business day midnight. If the notice expired on a weekend or public holiday, action should not be taken until after the next business day (midnight).

Section 38 (2) below of the Acts Interpretation Act is the relevant legislation stating the above.

38 Reckoning of time

(1) If a period beginning on a given day, act or event is provided or allowed for a purpose by an Act, the period is to be calculated by excluding the day, or the day of the act or event,

and –

(a) if the period is expressed to be a specified number of clear days or at least a specified number of days—by excluding the day on which the purpose is to be fulfilled; and

(b) in any other case—by including the day on which the purpose is to be fulfilled.

(2) If the time, or last day of a period, calculated forwards that is provided or allowed by an Act for doing anything falls on an excluded day, the time, or last day, is taken to fall on the next day later that is not an excluded day.

(3) If the time, or earliest day of a period, calculated backwards that is provided or allowed by an Act for doing anything falls on an excluded day, the time, or earliest day, is taken to fall on

the next day earlier that is not an excluded day.

(4) If no time is provided or allowed for doing anything, the thing is to be done as soon as possible, and as often as the relevant occasion happens.

(5) In this section – 

excluded day – 

(a) for filing or registering a document—means a day on which the office is closed where the filing or registration must or may be done; or

(b) otherwise—means a day that is not a business day in the place in which the thing must or may be done.

23rd December 2020

Posted on social media pages and Real Estate Excellence member offices FB group 

Queensland member office private group here

The RTA have updated Forms 10, 12 and 13. Click here for more.

18th December 2020

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10th December 2020

Documents to assist members to comply with the COVID safe Real Estate Industry Plan. They can be downloaded at Member online at the Latest member update folder (COVID folder). 

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7th December 2020

Listen to a short podcast regarding the Queensland Real Estate Industry Covid Safe Plan here. Members were sent this information again with the Member update 9th December 2020. 

The Real Estate Industry Covid Safe Plan is required to be signed and be available for a relevant compliance/ enforcement officer. Plus, there must be a statement of compliance publicly displayed signed and dated.

Queensland Real Estate COVID Safe Industry Plan

7 December 2020 Office of Fair Trading email 

This year has been challenging for the real estate industry and many businesses throughout Queensland. As we move towards the end of 2020 and get used to the ‘new normal’, it is important to remain vigilant and be prepared to contain future outbreaks of COVID-19. 

In order to achieve this, we have consulted with health authorities, representatives of peak property industry bodies and stakeholders to assist the real estate industry to develop the Queensland Real Estate COVID Safe Industry Plan

Approved by the Chief Health Officer, the plan is a resource to help real estate businesses and professionals continue to operate under Queensland’s current COVID-19 restrictions. COVID Safe Plans will continue to be reviewed and updated in line with the easing of restrictions. 

Businesses must continue to comply with general Chief Health Officer directions and requirements, such as observing physical distancing and collecting and keeping customer contact information

Information on the most recent health directions including Businesses, activities and undertakings and Going out, travel, recreation and gathering in Queensland are available on the Queensland Health website. 

If you have any questions regarding the Chief Health Officer directions and requirements, please call 134 COVID (13 42 68) or visit the Queensland Health website.

5th December 2020

Contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update for December 2020/January 2021 version 2 below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder at Member Online.

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27th November 2020

Contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update for December 2020/January 2021 below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder at Member Online.  PLEASE NOTE as at 30th November 2020, this version of the member update has been withdrawn with a version 2 to be released. Refer here 30th November 2020 post for more information.

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16th November 2020

The following apply from 4pm 17th November 2020 - Queensland Health Officer direction update. The information posted above on 7th December updates this information.

Questions about real estate

I work in the real estate industry; can I conduct an open house inspection on a property?

Yes, open house inspections are permitted. The agent must ensure that they limit the number of attendees to no more than one person per 2 square metres at a time.

The agent should ensure good hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Given the close interaction involved, agents are required to keep a record of all guests’ contact information, including name, phone number, email address and the date and time period of patronage for 56 days (8 weeks) to assist with contact tracing if required.

The agent should ensure that physical distancing, hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Can I go to an auction?

Yes, auctions are permitted but the auctioneer and agents must ensure that they limit the number of attendees to no more than one person per 2 square metres of space available for staging the auction.

The event should be staged in such a way that physical distancing is observed and all participants can stay at least 1.5 metres apart if possible.

Given the close interaction involved, agents are required to keep a record of all guests’ contact information, including name, email address, phone number, and date and time of patronage, for 56 days (8 weeks) to assist with contact tracing if required.

Sourced from www.qld.gov.au/health 16th November 2020

27th October 2020

Contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update for November 2020 below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder at Member Online.

November member update

7th October 2020

Members emailed the updated RTA practice guide, Covid regulations, what has changed and what remains best practice outline, lessor update regarding the laws and the updated QCAT Form 2.

1st October 2020

The October Real Estate Excellence Member Update contains the following information.

  • A 25 page overview of the changes and what has remained. 
  • A lessor guide to the changes (to email your clients)
  • The Covid regulations (laws)
  • New QCAT Form 2

The lessor guide and comprehensive overview were emailed to members at noon 30th September.

They can be found at www.realestateexcellence.com.au/memberonline, the latest member update folder, October 2020 Member update, and or email us.

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30th September 2020 – Noon update

An email is being sent to members now (shown in part below)

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5am An email has been sent to the main contact for the Member office with this information. Queensland covid tenancy law amendments September 30 2020. Podcast listen here.

29th September 2020

Real Estate Excellence members - Once the amended Covid19 tenancy regulations have been released by the Government, I shall be emailing a best practice guide of what has changed, what has remained and more. Keep an eye on your inbox for important changes. The best practice guide will also be uploaded to the latest member update folder at Member Online.

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28th September 2020

An email sent to members regarding the upcoming changes (reminder) shown in part below.

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21st September 2020

Members - as of 18th September, the member update from September 1, and September 3 has been removed given my email to you 18th September 2020. Read more HERE. A revised September member update has been uploaded to Member online and can be found in the Latest member update folder and emailed to you 21 September 2020.

Contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update for September 2020 Part 2 below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder at Member Online.

September Part 2

Contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update for September 2020 below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder at Member Online.

SEPTEMBER MEMBER UPDATE

Contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update for August 2020 below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder at Member Online.

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Contents of the Real Estate Excellence member update for July 2020 below. The member update can be downloaded from the latest member update folder at Member Online.

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Property Management Excellence (PME) system

When a chapter/folder of PME is edited and updated, the version date is changed for that chapter/folder.

For information regarding Real Estate Excellence membership services, please click here.

How to find the latest version guide of the 39 PME manual chapters/folders.

Login to www.realestateexcellence.com.au/memberonline and download/review the latest chapter version guide as shown below, or email us as part of membership support services. 

Member office staff update form here. (please complete and return in word version)

The following guides are recommended to print /review for ease of knowing what folder has what content.

  • Download the quick chapter guide for PME (the 39 chapters) here. 
  • Tips on how to use the PME system (includes the detailed chapter guide) here.
  • The Sales Excellence manual is part of the PME system.  

Member online

Click here to review information regarding Real Estate Excellence membership services and benefits.

Real Estate Excellence PME system member offices;  The monthly member update service includes updates to any chapters, best practice form templates and or new best practice forms. Please refer to the bottom of the PME manual chapter (bottom of each page) to check the version guide of each chapter, and or email us if you have any questions and or require support. The chapters are updated often due to QCAT cases, best practice, improvements and or legislation changes. It is important your agency is using the most up to date version.

To access the PME system and Sales Excellence manual login to Member Online. 

Disclaimer

The information provided by Real Estate Excellence is of a general nature only and is not intended to constitute legal advice uner any circumstances. Individuals should consider their own circumstances before proceeding to rely upon any information provided by Real Estate Excellence.  Whilst care has been taken in best practice advice provided, and the information contained in it has been obtained from sources that Real Estate Excellence believe to be reliable, Real Estate Excellence (including its directors, officers, employees and contractors) does not warrant, represent or guarantee the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of that information. Real Estate Excellence (including its directors, officers, employees and contractors) accordingly does not accept any responsibility, liability, loss or damage whatsoever resulting from the use of the information provided. By using the services of Real Estate Excellence, Clients acknowledge that they have read, understood and accepted this disclaimer of liability. 

Blinds, curtain cords and rental property Queensland

 A reminder for the industry and investors due to a tragedy on the Sunshine Coast reported by the Courier Mail 30th November 2020. 

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The following notes are from the Property Management Excellence (PME) manual  as at 30th November 2020. the information is subject to change and or updates. 

Paragragh 3.3.22 Curtain and blinds cords

As of July 1 2011, new corded internal window coverings were required to meet a mandatory standard which includes warning labels on packaging, a warning label or swing tab attached to the cord plus specific cord requirements. For more specific information, please visit www.productsafety.gov.au. This requirement only applies to the purchase of new window coverings since July 2011. There are risk management and emergency maintenance obligations on lessors if there is a risk at the property. Continue reading this chapter for more information.

As of January 2015, further requirements were put into place, however, the requirements still apply to the installation of corded internal window coverings. The requirements fall under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 Competition and Consumer (Corded Internal Window Coverings) Safety Standard 2014. The following information is an extract from the explanatory statement of the standard.

Applies to installations of corded internal window coverings carried out in trade or commerce in domestic dwellings, excluding caravans, mobile homes and boats.

Definitions

The definitions in the regulation are the same as those set out in Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard - Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010:

cleat means a device that has a bar with arms around which a cord can be wound, and that can be attached to a wall or other structure.

cord means a rope, strap, string, chain, line or wire used to manipulate a corded internal window covering.

corded internal window covering means:

                (a)    a window covering, such as a curtain or blind; or

               (b)    fittings used with a window covering, such as a traverse rod or track; that can be used inside a building and has a cord.

cord guide means a device designed to retract, tension or secure a cord.

retail packaging means the packaging in which a corded internal window covering is supplied when it is offered for retail sale.

 Requirements

  1. Installation.

The corded internal window covering must be installed in a way that ensures a loose cord cannot form a loop 220 mm or longer at or less than 1,600 mm above floor level and using any components specified in the installation instructions as necessary to meet requirements for cord safety.

The corded internal window covering must be also be installed in accordance with the installation instructions on any retail packaging for the covering and in accordance with any other installation instructions related to ensuring that a loose cord cannot form a loop as described in paragraph (1) (a).

No part of a cord guide may be installed lower than 1,600 mm above the floor level unless the cord guide will remain firmly attached to a wall or other structure specified in the instructions when subjected to a specified force and the cord is sufficiently secured or tensioned so as to prevent formation of a loop 220 mm or longer.

A cleat used to secure a cord must be installed at least 1,600 mm above floor level.

  1. Labelling.

 A person installing a corded internal window covering must attach a label to it containing the name and contact details of the person or company responsible for the installation and must not remove any warning label or swing tag supplied with the corded internal window covering.

Source www.commlaw.gov.au

Agency risk management advice

If a possible risk is identified at the property such as loose blind cords, property managers should treat the situation like an emergency repair. The emergency repair (refer section 214 RTRA Act) definition includes a fault likely to injure a person.

Property managers should encourage lessors to have a risk assessment carried out by a reputable contractor to ensure that the existing corded internal window coverings in the property (curtains, blinds etc.) are safe. It is a lessor obligation under section 185 of the RTRA Act to ensure their rental property is safe and fit to live in, plus the definition of an emergency repair includes an matter that makes the premises unsafe (section 214). A best practice letter for lessors can be found at member online folder 03 blinds and curtains, or email us as part of membership support.

185 Lessor’s obligations generally

(1) This section does not apply to an agreement if—

(a) the premises are moveable dwelling premises consisting only of the site for the dwelling; and

(b) the tenancy is a long tenancy (moveable dwelling).

(2) At the start of the tenancy, the lessor must ensure—

(a) the premises and inclusions are clean; and

(b) the premises are fit for the tenant to live in; and

(c) the premises and inclusions are in good repair; and

(d) the lessor is not in breach of a law dealing with issues about the health or safety of persons using or entering the premises; and

(e) the premises and inclusions otherwise comply with any prescribed minimum housing standards applying to the premises or inclusions.

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(3) While the tenancy continues, the lessor—

(a) must maintain the premises in a way that the premises remain fit for the tenant to live in; and

(b) must maintain the premises and inclusions in good repair; and

(c) must ensure any law dealing with issues about the health or safety of persons using or entering the premises is complied with; and

(d) if the premises include a common area—must keep the area clean; and

(e) must ensure the premises and inclusions otherwise comply with any prescribed minimum housing standards applying to the premises or inclusions.

Note—

See section 217 for the tenant’s obligations to notify the lessor about damage to premises and the need for repairs.

(4) However, the lessor is not required to comply with subsection (2)(c) or (3)(a) for fixtures attached to premises,

and inclusions supplied with premises, (the non-standard items) if—

(a) the lessor is—

(i) the State; or

(ii) the replacement lessor under a community housing provider tenancy agreement; and

(b) the non-standard items are specified in the agreement and the agreement states the lessor is not responsible for their maintenance; and

(c) the non-standard items are not necessary and reasonable to make the premises a fit place in which to live; and

(d) the non-standard items are not a risk to health or safety;

and

(e) for fixtures—the fixtures were not attached to the premises by the lessor.

[s 186]

(5) In this section—

premises include any common area available for use by the tenant with the premises.

Subsection 4 only applies to the Government and not to private lessors

 Blind and curtain cords

Low-hanging blind and curtain cords are a strangulation risk to young children. Think safety first with these helpful tips.

Keep out of reach

Make sure children can’t reach any blind or curtain cords, especially if they stand on the furniture.

Don’t let cords dangle into or near children’s equipment. This includes:

  • cots (or portable cots)
  • high chairs
  • playpens
  • anything else your child sits on, lies in or climbs on.

Avoid low-hanging cords

Make sure the bottom of any blind or curtain cord is at least 160cm above the floor. Wrap blind cords securely around a hook attached high on the wall.

Install safety devices

For older blinds install a cord tensioning device, such as cord holders and wind-ups, to hold the cord tight against a wall. Alternatively, retrofit the blind or curtain cord with breakaway tassels.

Safety products can be bought from hardware or curtain shops.

Seek advice

New blinds must meet safety standards and be installed in a safe manner

Sourced from www.qld.gov.au June 2017

Click here to review information from the ACCC regarding the blind and curtain laws

Pool laws reminder for Queensland rental properties

Media release www.qbcc.qld.gov.au received via email 17 November 2020

 

Below article sourced from the Sunday Mail 6th December 2020 page 9

pool

Sourced information - Media Release QBCC

Hotter, longer summers mean more people spending more time in swimming pools but that situation comes with deadly risks if pool safety barriers are not compliant.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has launched a safety campaign to educate property owners, pool safety inspectors, property managers, landlords and tenants about their pool safety responsibilities.

In 2019-2020, Queensland Health reported a total of 83 ‘immersion incidents’ involving young children in private swimming pools around the State. These are incidents where a child has required medical attention because of immersion in a pool.

The Queensland Coroners Court recently released its findings into a 2016 tragedy where two young children drowned in a residential swimming pool which subsequently failed a building inspection in 12 areas.

Mr Bassett urged property owners to use the QBCC website’s Compliance Checklist, which quickly and easily checks if a pool meets the required safety standards.

“If you are unsure about any aspects of compliance, contact a licensed pool safety inspector or building certifier for specific advice about your property,” Mr Bassett said.

“Pool barrier compliance rests with the pool owner but everyone has a personal responsibility when it comes to pool safety.”

Owners of non-compliant pools could receive an on-the-spot fine of $934.15, or a court-imposed penalty of up to $22,019.25

Property owners and tenants have also been reminded that temporary pools, such as those sold at hardware and department stores, must also comply with pool safety barrier laws.

Pool safety laws apply to pools and spas which can be filled with water to a depth of 300mm.

Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Smith, reminded Queenslanders of the need to play it safe in and around the pool this summer.

“A property rented with a swimming pool brings with it many responsibilities, so it’s important that property owners, property managers and tenants understand their obligations and work together to ensure their pool and surrounding areas are safe, compliant and maintained,” Ms Smith said.

“For tenants, setting up a small temporary pool on the property may be tempting as the days warm up, but pool safety, compliance and approvals – including from the property owner –must always remain top of mind.”

BACKGROUND

The Queensland Family and Child Commission’s 2018-19 Annual Report shows that over the three years to 30 June 2019, 24 children aged 1 to 4 drowned, accounting for 53 per cent of all drowning deaths over this period. Seventeen of these deaths (71 per cent) occurred in private pools.

As at June 30, 2020, there were 400,746 pools on the QBCC’s register of regulated pools.

If an owner does not register their pool or spa, an on-the-spot fine of $266.90 may be issued, or a maximum court penalty of $2,669.

Queensland Health immersion reports are provided to the relevant local government, which is required to inspect the site of the immersion.

If the local government inspection raises concerns about the pool fence at the site of the immersion, the local government takes enforcement action to ensure the pool complies.

If the local government inspection suggests a breach by a pool safety inspector, it is referred to the QBCC, which takes action with the relevant inspector.

Property Management Excellence (PME) training events

Property Management Excellence (PME) training and educations events

  Property Management Excellence PME training and education events

The half day Property Management Excellence (PME) training and educations events will be held in the areas as shown below (scroll down). Register for an event online at the link beside location below, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with date and location of event in subject line with the name/s of attendee, email address, agency name for us to register you manually to save the online booking fee charged by the third party provider. Please review requirements for Covid, dietary and more prior to booking. Refer below, and or contact us for more information. 

 The upcoming event will cover the following. 

Stacey Holt from Real Estate Excellence will present this information and educational forum focusing on three main topics. 

 Breaches of the tenancy agreement contract by tenants during the agreement and what all property managers need to know. This part of the study will include procedures, legislation, problem solving techniques and more. 

 Smoke alarm laws now and from January 1 2022. What all property managers should have in place ready for the amended new laws. This part of the study will include tips on educating lessors and receiving lessor instructions to upgrade the alarms plus authority to pay for the works carried out. 

 RTRA Act review update. With the Labor Government re elected, this part of the study will discuss what Labor wish to be changed in the tenancy law which was delayed in progressing due to Covid.

Investment for the half day education and training event 9.30am to 12.30pm including morning tea

PME and Platinum non PME Real Estate Excellence member office per person $70

Gold and Advisory Real Estate Excellence member office per person $80

Non member office per person $144 

Locations, Date, Venue and Registration details

Bundaberg - 24th February at Sugar Country Motor Inn Bundaberg – Register online here

Brisbane - 16th February at Kedron RSL  Chermside - Register online here (session fully booked with another session 19th March below)

Brisbane - 19th March at Kedron RSL Chermside - Register online here.

Cairns -  24th March at Shangri-La Hotel Cairns - Register online here

Fraser Coast -  25th February at Hervey Bay Boat Club - Urangan – Register online here

Gladstone - 11th March at Yaralla Sports Club Barney Point – Register online here

Gold Coast  - 17th February  at The Club at Parkwood Village - Parkwood - Register online here.

Ipswich  - 19th February at  Brothers Ipswich  Raceview - Register online here.

Mackay -  3rd March at Ocean International Illawong (Far) Beach Mackay - Register online here

Rockhampton - 10th March at Rockhampton Leagues Club  Rockhampton  - Register online here

Sunshine Coast -  26th February at Oaks Oasis Resort Caloundra - Register online here. 

Toowoomba - 18th February at Toowoomba Sports Ground East Toowoomba - Register online here.

Townsville -  16th March at Metropole Hotel South Townsville – Register online here

Dietary Requirements, workbooks and tickets 

The training event includes morning tea. Please advise of any dietary requirements at least seven days prior to event by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The workbook for the training will be emailed to registered attendees email address for printing or uploading to your device to bring to the event prior to the training day. Please bring your ticket on the day to register for the training.

Covid 19 requirements

All attendees will be required to register their attendance upon arrival and adhere to any Covid safe requirements specified by the venue.

 

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