Your rights and responsibilities
The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) looks after the laws which protect the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords/agents.
Some general tips to avoid problems with your tenancy include:
- paying your rent on time
- taking good care of the property
- not disturbing the peace, comfort or privacy of your neighbours
- speaking with your landlord/agent if you have any concerns with your tenancy, including changing who will be living with you
- keeping all documents about the tenancy (e.g. entry condition report, tenancy agreement, letters and receipts) together in a safe place.
You can also read:
- Renting a house or unit in Queensland (Form 17a)
- Renting a caravan or moveable dwelling in Queensland (Form 17b).
These booklets are given to you when you sign the tenancy agreement. The booklets are also available from the RTA and help you to better understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Tenancy agreements (leases)
Read about the different types of tenancy agreements and how they affect you.
If you are moving out, you should:
- check your responsibilities and obligations
Getting your rental bond back
To get your bond back, you must apply to the RTA after your tenancy has ended.
Property maintenance and cleaning
As a tenant, you are responsible for keeping the property/room clean and in good condition. Find out information about:
For information on resolving disputes, refer to legal and dispute support.
For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, contact:
- Residential Tenancies Authority on 1300 366 311
- Legal aid
- Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service on 1300 744 623.