Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 - Queensland

Service summary

The Residential Tenancy Authority's (RTA) core responsibility is to administer the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 in Queensland.

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) defines the rights and responsibilities of tenants, lessors and agents for residential tenancies; and residents, providers and agents for rooming accommodation in Queensland.

The Act commenced on 1 July 2009 and replaced the repealed Residential Tenancies Act 1994 and the Residential Services (Accommodation) Act 2002.

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

  • Pocket guide for tenants - houses and units (Form 17a)
  • Pocket guide for tenants - caravan parks (Form 17b)
  • Pocket guide for tenants - houses and units (Form 17a) translated into 6 languages (Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese & Arabic)
  • Managing general tenancies in Queensland
  • Managing caravan park tenancies in Queensland
  • Managing rooming accommodation in Queensland
  • Easy guide for residents - rooming accommodation
  • Know the rules - renting mini-guides in 9 languages (English, Tamil, Swahili, Somali, Dinka, Karen, Kirundi, Farsi & Dari)
  • Postcard series:  Know where you stand (tenants, Indigenous people & students) and Knowing tenancy law is a smart investment (Landlords) and Tenancy matters (corporate)
  • Fact Sheets are available on the RTA website.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms


(Landlord) the person who gives the right to occupy residential premises under a residential tenancy agreement.


premises used, or intended to be used, as a place of residence or mainly as a place of residence, including a caravan and/or its site, a mobile home in a moveable dwelling park and/or its site, a houseboat.


a person who provides rooming accommodation to residents.


a person who, in rental premises, occupies one or more rooms as the person's only or main residence.

Residential tenancy

an agreement under which a person gives to someone else a right to occupy residential premises as a residence.

Rooming accommodation

accommodation occupied or available for occupation by residents, in return for the payment of rent.


a person to whom the right to occupy residential premises under a residential tenancy agreement, or proposed agreement, is given, including the subtenant of a tenant.




Complaints about offences under the Act may be lodged with the Residential Tenancies Authority. These are investigated by authorised officers of the RTA and may lead to prosecution action in a Magistrates Court or an infringement notice. There is a range of fines for non-compliance by any party who breaches the provisions of the Act. There is an avenue of appeal against a decision through the District Court or against an infringement notice through the Magistrates Court.

Dispute Resolution:

Tenancy disputes about agreements are civil matters. Where a dispute between parties to an agreement has been lodged with the RTA, conciliation may be arranged by the RTA's Dispute Resolution Service.

Where agreement cannot be reached over a tenancy dispute, either party may apply for a hearing in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Applications for matters defined in the Act as urgent can be made directly to the Tribunal.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

Not applicable.

Administering agency

Minister for Housing and Public Works
Residential Tenancies Authority

Regulation(s) name

Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2009 (Queensland)

Contact details

Communications Coordinator
Minister for Housing and Public Works
Residential Tenancies Authority

Operating address:
Level 23
179 Turbot Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 390
Queensland 4001


1300 366 311


07 3361 3695


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