New Minimum Housing Standards for Queensland Rental Properties

As of September 1, 2023, important changes are underway in the Queensland rental market that will significantly impact both landlords and tenants. These changes revolve around the introduction of Minimum Housing Standards, aimed at ensuring the safety, security, and functionality of rental properties. These standards will apply to all types of tenancies, including general tenancies, moveable dwellings, and rooming accommodation agreements.


What are Minimum Housing Standards?

The Minimum Housing Standards are a set of regulations designed to ensure that all rental properties in Queensland meet essential criteria. These standards complement existing legislation that mandates properties to be fit for living, in good repair, and compliant with health and safety laws.

Key Requirements:

  • Safety and Security: Rental properties must be weatherproof, structurally sound, and have fixtures and fittings that do not pose injury risks during normal use. Additionally, all external doors and windows accessible from outside without a ladder must have functioning locks or latches. Properties must also be free from vermin, dampness, and mold (excluding tenant-caused issues) and have privacy coverings for windows in areas where privacy is expected.

  • Reasonable Functionality: Properties must have adequate plumbing and drainage for the number of occupants, a suitable hot and cold water supply, private bathroom areas, flushable and refillable toilets connected to a waste disposal system, and a functional cooktop if a kitchen is provided. Laundry facilities, if provided, must include tap fixtures and adequate plumbing.


Property managers and owners are responsible for ensuring that their rental properties meet these minimum standards both at the start of a tenancy and throughout its duration. Tenants are encouraged to promptly report any necessary repairs to property managers or owners.

Implementation Timeline:

The implementation of Minimum Housing Standards began on September 1, 2023, for new tenancies, including renewed tenancy agreements. For existing tenancies, these standards will come into effect on September 1, 2024.

Options for Tenants:

Tenants have options if a property does not meet these standards. Property managers and owners must address any issues promptly. Depending on the situation, tenants can request repairs, seek resolution through the Residential Tenancies Authority, or even terminate the tenancy under certain circumstances.

In conclusion, these Minimum Housing Standards represent a significant step towards ensuring that all rental properties in Queensland provide safe, secure, and functional living conditions for tenants. Landlords and property managers should familiarize themselves with these standards to avoid compliance issues, while tenants now have a stronger foundation to ensure their rental homes meet essential criteria.

Stay tuned for further updates on this crucial development in South East Queensland's real estate market.

Information sourced from the Residential Tenancies Authority

Article published on 7th September 2023 by Brennan Hill