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Time limits for applying to QCAT

The following common dispute types must be lodged with QCAT in a specific time limit. 

Dispute type Time limit

A landlord or agent lodging a termination order after the handover date

Within 2 weeks of the handover date

A landlord or agent lodging a claim for termination for failure to leave

Within 14 days of the ‘Notice to leave’ expiring

A landlord disputing the amount that would have been taken to be payment of a rental bond when a rent decrease is given in the first 6 months of a residential tenancy agreement

Within 7 days of the first 6 months of the residential tenancy agreement ending

A landlord objecting to a tenant's request to be reimbursed for emergency repair costs

Within 7 days of receiving the tenant's request

A landlord or tenant disputing a rental bond

Within 7 days after the RTA issued a ‘Notice of unresolved dispute’. You must also tell the RTA within the same 7-day period that you’ve lodged your dispute with QCAT by giving the RTA a copy of the QCAT receipt confirming your application. If you don’t do this, the bond will be paid to the first party who lodged a claim on the bond.

A landlord or tenant claiming a breach of a residential tenancy agreement

Within 6 months after the lessor or tenant became aware of the breach

A tenant disputing a significant change to a residential tenancy agreement

Within 30 days after the tenant entered into the residential tenancy agreement

A tenant disputing a breach of restriction about a residential tenancy database listing

Within 6 months after the tenant became aware of the breach of restriction. If the listing has been unjustly or incorrectly made, there is no time limit.

A tenant disputing a rent increase because they consider it excessive

Within 30 days of receiving the notice outlining the rent increase

A tenant objecting to a proposed park rule for a moveable dwelling park

Within 7 days of receiving the ‘Non-resolution notice’ about the proposal from the park liaison committee

A tenant disputing a ‘Notice to leave’ given without grounds in retaliation for the tenant exercising their rights

Within 4 weeks of receiving the ‘Notice to leave’

A tenant disputing an ‘Abandonment termination notice’

Within 28 days of receiving the ‘Abandonment termination notice’

A former tenant dissatisfied with a decision made by QCAT to declare a premises abandoned

Within 28 days after the tenant received notice from the landlord terminating the agreement

A provider wanting to declare a proposed rule change reasonable in rooming accommodation

Within 7 days of the proposed starting date of the rule change

A resident disputing entry to their room or removal of a resident from rooming accommodation

Within 6 months after the event occurred

A resident in rooming accommodation disputing an agreement termination without grounds

Within 2 weeks after notice was given

A provider or resident claiming a breach of a rooming accommodation agreement

Within 6 months after the provider or resident became aware of the breach

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