Council's rights, obligations and responsibilities as landlord

Brisbane City Council as landlord has rights and responsibilities in relation to the management of the community facilities it leases and licenses to the community.

Our rights and obligations

Council has the right to enter a leased/licensed premises at any reasonable time after giving written notice to the tenant to:

  • view the condition of the premises
  • check the tenant's compliance with their lease/licence agreement
  • carry out alterations, additions, or structural works on the premises.

In an emergency, Council may enter at any time, without giving prior notice to the tenant.

Council may install, maintain, use and replace any pipes, ducts, conduits, and wires passing through leased or licensed premises and run water, air, electricity, sewerage, or any other service as required. It may also grant easements or other rights over the premises.

Council also reserves the right to direct tenants, by at least 30 days written notice, to enter into a sub-lease or licence of the premises, or part of the premises, with an organisation nominated by Council, on terms and conditions approved in writing by Council.

Council will not interfere with the tenant's use and occupation of the premises more than is reasonably necessary.

Our responsibilities

Council responsibilities to lease and licence tenants include:

  • undertaking regular building condition audits 
  • undertaking a regular grass cutting program of up to 20 cuts per year
  • checking in with your organisation at least once a year
  • consulting with internal stakeholders and providing written responses to requests to undertake works on the premises
  • providing written responses to requests for landlord approval to apply for building approval, signage, gaming and liquor licences
  • contacting you about your lease or licence renewal between nine to twelve months before its expiry date.

More information

For further advice on Council's rights and responsibilities as landlord, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated: 10 June 2021

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