Queensland tenancy laws ‘ineffective’ for victims of domestic violence

Queensland’s tenancy laws are “ineffective” in protecting those fleeing domestic violence situations, a Brisbane study has found.

Griffith University student Bianca Fernandez examined the existing structures in place for those forced to break their lease due to domestic and family violence situations and found it could be a long, daunting process.

According to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, someone living in a domestic violence situation who wants to get their name taken off/put onto the lease, have someone removed from the lease or prevent their information being listed on a tenancy database needs to apply to QCAT, a process that can often take a minimum of three weeks.

According to the Residential Tenancies Authority website, in making the order the “Tribunal would have to be satisfied that the applicant had established evidence of domestic and family violence, such as having a domestic violence order, or having applied for one”.

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