Tenant Article Display

9

March

2017

Tenancy Databases

Tenancy databases are electronic registers run by privately owned companies that record information about a tenant.

These registers may be used by property managers or owners during an application process, to check the prospective tenant's rental history. The property manager or owner must inform prospective tenants of which tenancy databases they use and advise them if they find a listing for a tenant, what that listing is and how to have it amended or removed.

A tenant can be listed on a database at the end of a tenancy if:

  • the amount of money owed by the tenant is more than the bond, including rent arrears if the Notice to remedy breach (Form 11) was given for this rent
  • abandonment of a property
  • money owed after an agreement has been reached through RTA conciliation or a QCAT order that has not been paid
  • If no bond was paid, a tenant cannot be listed unless the amount owing is more than 1 week's rent
  • if the tenancy has been terminated by QCAT because of:
    • repeated breaches of a conciliation agreement by the tenant
    • objectionable behaviour by the tenant
  • Victims of domestic and family violence should not be listed if the breach is the result of the actions of a perpetrator of violence
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