Paying money when you apply
In residential tenancies, you must be given a copy of the proposed tenancy agreement before you can be asked to pay any money for the tenancy (other than a key deposit).
The lessor or agent can only ask a prospective tenant to pay a key deposit, a holding deposit, a rental bond, or rent. They cannot ask for money for any other purpose. This does not apply to rooming accommodation.
In residential tenancies the lessor or agent must give you a copy of the proposed agreement before they can ask you to pay rent, bond or a holding deposit for the tenancy.
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