New selling rules for home owners
HOME owners and real estate agents who list properties for sale from January 1 will be obliged to use a Sustainability Declaration form but the penalties for those who fail to do so will not come into force until March 1.
A three-month period of grace has been granted to give people selling homes enough time to familiarise themselves with new directives being introduced by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.
Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the introduction of on-the-spot fines had been pushed back from January and this would allow time for Building Codes Queensland to develop a simpler, more user-friendly form in consultation with the industry.
The existing form will still need to be completed by anyone selling a house or unit in Queensland from January 1.
Mr Hinchliffe said home owners would not be penalised if they left a question blank, although court action would be taken against people who committed more serious breaches.
That would include where a seller or agent refused to use the Sustainability Declaration form.
The declaration asks owners to list their home’s energy, water, access and safety features, such as energy-efficient lighting and insulation.
To check out the current version of the form go to www.dip.qld.gov.au.