Funding upped to provide rentals

COMMITMENT: MP Karen Struthers. Photo: Contributed
COMMITMENT: MP Karen Struthers. Photo: Contributed

RESIDENTS grappling with staggering rent hikes have been reminded by the State Government avenues are available to challenge "excessive" increases.

State Minister for Housing Karen Struthers yesterday said the government was committed to easing the pressure on renters in mining communities such as Moranbah, where 100% increases are becoming common.

"Independent rental information and advice to help tenants in the region with challenges of excessive rents was recently expanded with Queensland Government funding increased to more than $193,000," Ms Struthers said.

"If a tenant is given notice of a proposed rent increase they think is excessive, they can apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to challenge the increase."

The Community Housing and Information Centre's funding was this year increased to provide tenants with information, advocacy and advice with regards to legal rights and responsibilities, she said.

The State Government last year committed $3.5 million to bring 45 affordable accommodation units to Moranbah, all of which have been delivered.

An additional 15 rental dwellings will be developed in the resource town under the National Rental Affordability Scheme, and be offered to those not employed in the mining sector at 20% below market value.

The 15 units are part of the 53 announced for the Isaac region last month, with the remaining 38 to be developed in Clermont, Dysart and Nebo.

"The Urban Land Development Authority is bringing more land to market through the Urban Development Area they've declared in Moranbah," Ms Struthers said.

It is understood the ULDA land is west across Grosvenor Creek, and is being developed in conjunction with the Isaac Regional Council.

Residents can contact the Community Housing and Information Centre on 4957 6334.

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