Emergency repairs are defined in the Act. In an emergency repair situation, you can either apply directly to the Tribunal for an urgent hearing or may be able to arrange for emergency repairs to be carried out, up to the value of 2 weeks rent. Emergency repair provisions do not apply to rooming accommodation agreements or short tenancy moveable dwelling agreements.
In the Act emergency repairs are defined as:
- A burst water service or a serious water service leak.
- A blocked or broken lavatory system.
- A serious roof leak.
- A gas leak.
- A dangerous electrical fault.
- Flooding or serious fl ood damage.
- Serious storm, fire or impact damage.
- A failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply to the premises.
- A breakdown of an essential service or appliance on the premises for hot water, cooking or heating.
- A fault or damage that makes the premises unsafe or insecure.
- A fault or damage likely to injure a person, damage property or unduly inconvenience a tenant.
- A serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area of the premises that unduly inconveniences a tenant in gaining access to or using the premises.
Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of Queensland Inc
Further information and advice for Queensland tenants can be sourced from www.tuq.org.au