With heavy rain coming down in just five days over the past week and more heavy rain in the forecast, thousands of Queenslander residents are in need of support. Whether your property has been flooded or water damaged, here are tips on how to manage the disaster as well as resources to access if you’ve been affected by the Queensland floods.
After a natural disaster, Landlords or Property Managers and tenants should talk to each other as soon as possible to discuss the state of the property. If the property is unlivable or damaged, they will need to work out if any action needs to be taken.
According to the Residential Tenancies Authority, a property becomes unlivable when it is fully or partially destroyed or can no longer be used lawfully as a residence.
A tenancy does not automatically end when a property becomes unlivable after a natural disaster.
A tenancy agreement will only end if:
- property manager/owner and tenant agree in writing
- tenant gives the property manager/owner a Notice of intention to leave (Form 13), or Resident leaving form (Form R13) for rooming accommodation, on the grounds of non-liveability
- property manager/owner gives the tenant a Notice to leave (Form 12) or Notice to leave (Form R12) for rooming accommodation on the grounds of non-liveability, or
- QCAT makes an order.
The Notice must be given within 1 month of the natural disaster.
The property owner is responsible for any maintenance and repairs needed to bring the property back to a liveable condition. Meanwhile, the tenant is responsible for removing or cleaning their own possessions.
Currently, the government has activated the Disaster Recovery Payment, which offers $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child in the government areas of Brisbane, Gold Coast, and other South East Queensland areas. Call the hotline on 1800 173 349 for ongoing information on grants and help with applying or check the Queensland Self Recovery App.
In the case that you urgently need somewhere to go due to your home being damaged or inaccessible, Brisbane City Council is operating evacuation centres in Chermside and Chandler. Flatmates.com also has a Disaster Relief Emergency Accommodation platform for finding short-term crisis accommodation.
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