Queensland Repairs and Maintenance

The landlord is generally responsible for any repairs or maintenance to the premises that are needed during the tenancy. The tenant should notify the landlord as soon as possible if repairs are necessary. The tenant can also arrange for emergency repairs themselves if required.

This guide covers landlords (or head-tenants) and tenants (or sub-tenants) in a Residential Tenancy. This applies to the majority of share accommodation and residential property rental situations. To confirm it covers your situation visit What is my share accommodation situation?

Who is responsible for repairs and maintenance?

The landlord is under a general obligation to both provide and maintain the rented premises in a good state of repair and fit to live in. When repairs are required to maintain the premises, they are generally known as ‘routine repairs’.

If the tenant is aware that the premises or inclusions have been damaged or require maintenance, the tenant must notify the landlord as soon as possible.

There are a number of important things to remember about the landlord’s obligation:

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