Kevin Farmer

New year brings bad name to Rockhampton region renters

SINCE Christmas there has been a surge in the number of Rockhampton region renters blacklisted from their properties.

Some 200 tenants have been added to the region's rental blacklist this year, ballooning the overall number to more than 2500.

The figures from the national tenancy database TICA, which has been around since 1992, states renters are on the list due to rent arrears, property damage or tribunal orders.

TICA general manager Reg Joshua says they can see a trend when renters start to get dodgy.

"The end of the year is an issue because people are concerned about Christmas; they put their tenancy rental on the back burner and get behind in rent."

But it's also due to a loophole in the state's legislation.

"Legislation in Queensland allows people to move on to another rental before they are even listed on a database," Mr Joshua said.

Ray White team leader Siarni Myers was shocked when she heard the figure, but says TICA really helped when looking into future tenants.

"It gives us an indication of the tenant, about their prior rental history," she said.

"And if they're on the blacklist, they will automatically be declined."

The Residential Tenancies Authority received 20,816 dispute resolution requests between July 1, 2012, and April 30 this year.

CEO Fergus Smith said 47.1% of disagreements were over distribution of bond money, 21.6% were seeking claim over the bond amount and 6.4% were over other types of tenancy disputes.

It's been reported from July the State Government will roll out its new three-strikes policy for social housing tenants.

On the Blacklist

Definition: a list of persons or organisations that have incurred disapproval or suspicion or are to be boycotted or otherwise penalised.

Ways to get on the TICA blacklist

  • Rent arrears
  • Property damage
  • As a result of tribunal orders

Are you one of the blacklisted renters?

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