Talking Tenancies

Talking Tenancies

The Talking Tenancies podcast is brought to you by Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) and explores everything you need to know about renting in Queensland. We are a state government statutory authority that helps make renting work for everyone, providing tenancy information and support, bond management, dispute resolution, investigations and prosecutions, and education services.


April 28, 2024 11 mins

As an experienced regulator, the RTA acts in the public interest to support and protect Queenslanders by addressing issues of alleged non-compliance with the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 in a timely, informed and consistent way.  

We’re committed to upholding and enforcing compliance with the Act through our Compliance and Enforcement team.  In this episode, RTA expert, Scott Catherall joins us to explai...

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Property owners can choose to rent out secondary dwellings, such as granny flats to non-household members. It’s important that property owners discuss all terms of an agreement with tenants/residents and ensure the property meets the required standards. In this episode, RTA expert, Susan Cridland joins us to discuss the intricacies of renting a secondary dwelling in Queensland.

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December 4, 2023 10 mins

Maintaining pest control measures in a rental property are all part of maintaining a healthy living environment and meeting minimum housing standards in Queensland. RTA's expert, Lori Lynam joins us to explain the obligations of property owner/managers and tenants in various situations when it comes to Pest Control.

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July 21, 2023 16 mins

New rules around minimum housing standards are due to come into effect on 1 September 2023 for new tenancies and 1 September 2024 for all tenancies. Minimum housing standards aim to ensure rental properties are safe, secure and functional. They will give tenants, residents, property managers and owners more clarity around the essential requirements and maintenance obligations for Queensland rental properties. In this episode we exp...

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June 23, 2023 14 mins

From 1 July 2023, changes to limit rent increase frequency to once every 12 months will come into effect for all new and existing tenancies. 

In this episode, RTA's expert, Sam Galer takes us through the legislative changes and what they mean for the renting community in Queensland. Visit for more information.

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February 19, 2023 6 mins

Mould is something every Queenslander is familiar with, as our warm and wet weather is a key driver in the production of mould at different times of the year. 

Mould may grow indoors in wet or moist areas that lack adequate ventilation, including walls or wallpaper, ceilings, bathroom tiles, carpets, insulation material and wood. If left, mould can cause damage to a home and belongings, and can also pose a health risk to those livi...

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October 23, 2022 8 mins

Queensland tenancy laws are changing from 1 October 2022, the new laws provide tenants, property managers and owners with a greater number of reasons to end a tenancy, introduces a framework for negotiating renting with pets, repair orders as well as a few other amendments.  

In this episode, we’ll be specifically focusing on the tenancy law changes around the introduction of repair orders and other amendments. RTA expert, Taylor D...

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October 19, 2022 25 mins
There’s a lot to remember when it comes to renting a property and it can be quite overwhelming if you’ve never done it before, trying to find your way on your own. Renting rules and legislation can vary quite a lot state to state, so first time renting in a different state also has its own challenges. We can help you to understand your rights and responsibilities in all stages of the tenancy and point out the resources available to...
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October 16, 2022 10 mins

Queensland tenancy laws are changing from 1 October 2022, the new laws provide tenants, property managers and owners with a greater number of reasons to end a tenancy, introduces a framework for negotiating renting with pets, repair orders as well as a few other amendments.   

In this episode, we’ll be focusing on the tenancy law changes around the new framework that’s in place to help tenants and property owners to negotiate renti...

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October 9, 2022 7 mins

Queensland tenancy laws have changed from 1 October 2022 providing property managers, owners and tenants with a greater number of reasons to end a tenancy, the introduction of a framework for negotiating renting with pets, repair orders as well as a few other amendments.   

In this episode, we’ll focus specifically on the tenancy law changes around ending a tenancy. RTA's expert, Lynn Smith helps us to get a greater understanding o...

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September 25, 2022 11 mins

Queensland tenancy laws are changing from 1 October 2022, the new laws provide tenants, property managers and owners with a greater number of reasons to end a tenancy, a framework for negotiating renting with pets and repair orders as well as a few other amendments.   

In this episode, we’ll be providing an overview of the new tenancy laws taking effect from 1 October 2022. There will be separate episodes that detail each of the ke...

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June 5, 2022 10 mins

For a term bandied around a lot, the term wear and tear claims a fair share of the debate over damage to rented properties. 

When you put fair in front of the wear and tear part the interpretation becomes even more complex. 

In this episode, we aim to help clarify exactly what it is and how it applies to a tenancy with the RTA's Marc Fidler.

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May 8, 2022 13 mins

Whether renting or not, neighbours can sometimes impact the quiet enjoyment of our living environment – this can stem from noise, smoking, parking, rubbish or overgrown properties. In this episode, we aim to give you some tips on how to live in harmony with your neighbours and what you can do when it all gets a bit too much to handle. Our RTA expert in this episode is Jill Davidson.

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April 24, 2022 18 mins

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) contains the rules covering rooming accommodation such as boarding houses, hostels, and off-campus student accommodation in Queensland. In this episode of Talking Tenancies, the RTA's Lynn Smith helps us to understand the differences when it comes to rooming accommodation. 

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April 10, 2022 16 mins

RTA Web Services make updating your bond details and completing essential tenancy transactions faster, easier, and more convenient for all parties. The RTA's Tim Perrott joins us this episode to step us through each RTA Web Service and how it works.

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March 27, 2022 16 mins

At different stages of a tenancy, a property manager/owner or prospective buyer/tenant may want to take photos inside and outside of the rental property for various reasons, such as to advertise a property for sale or re-let, or during inspections for records and as supporting evidence for formal documentation like entry and exit condition reports. In this episode of Talking Tenancies, the RTA's Christian Herrmann guides us through...

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March 13, 2022 14 mins

Sometimes during the life of a tenancy, disagreements may occur between the parties involved. The RTA is here to help all parties in an impartial way, whilst ensuring all obligations under the legislation are met through our dispute resolution service. If an agreement cannot be reached, this is where there is the option of taking the matter to the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal – QCAT. In this episode of Talking Tenancies...

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February 27, 2022 13 mins

In this episode we will bust some myths and misconceptions to help get a greater understanding of the RTA’s role and what we do to support the Queensland rental sector with the RTA's Rowan Bayliss.

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February 13, 2022 13 mins

When you contact us at the RTA, there is some information you can gather to make sure we can provide the right information for your situation and the support you need. Being prepared before picking up the phone and understanding the RTA’s role and responsibilities can go a long way to help us guide you to a better outcome. 

In this episode of Talking Tenancies, we discuss ways you can take action to help us help you with your enqui...

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January 30, 2022 13 mins

Whether students are renting in purpose-built student accommodation, sharing a house with others or going it alone in a unit, it’s important they understand their tenancy rights and responsibilities.   

For some students, this may be their first time away from home and renting on their own, or their first time in Australia. Students are encouraged to read their agreement and ask questions to clarify expectations before they sign, a...

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