Emailed to members and available at member online
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
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
Below from The Courier Mail 21st June page 6.
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.
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.
Courier Mail 19 06 2021
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.
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.
27th May 2021
6th May 2021
Below posted in Real Estate Excellence member Facebook group Queensland member office private group here and social media.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
22nd January 2021 - edited on 28th January 2021
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.
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.
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,
(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
The RTA have updated Forms 10, 12 and 13. Click here for more.
18th December 2020
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).
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 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.
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
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.
30th September 2020 – Noon update
An email is being sent to members now (shown in part below)
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.
An email sent to members regarding the upcoming changes (reminder) shown in part below.
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.