Controversial new laws giving temporary relief to Queensland residential tenants affected by the COVID-19 emergency came into effect on 24 April 2020. The new laws override a number of provisions in the residential tenancies legislation until 31 December 2020.
The new laws attempt to strike a fair balance between:
The central tenet of the new laws (and the guidelines which support them) is therefore to prevent termination of tenancy agreements where the tenant is experiencing extreme hardship as a result of the COVID-19 emergency and to encourage the parties to reach agreement on rent waivers or deferrals taking into account their respective circumstances.
This article sheds some light on key terms in the legislation and considers the impact these may have on a landlord who intends selling the property.
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Gail Black, Partner
Matthew Raven, Partner
 A vulnerable person is anyone over 70 or a person over 65 (or 50 if the person is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) who has an existing health condition or comorbidities