SOUTHERN Downs renters may be looking at a $20 hike in weekly rent prices, under plans to force landlords to pay for compulsory pest and building inspections.
Wade Real Estate principal Stuart Wade said the proposal to have an annual or 18-month inspection cycle idea was "ridiculous".
"Most landlords keep their houses up to scratch and most agents do inspections and let them know what needs to be done," Mr Wade said.
With the current financial climate, he said it was an added cost we just couldn't afford.
"Everyone is finding things pretty tough, especially land
lords, and for them this is just another nail in the coffin," Mr Wade said.
"Agents do inspections two to three times a year," Mr Wade said.
"Why should people have to pay when it's already being done?"
The proposal comes after a coronial inquest last week into the death of a seven-week-old Yeppoon girl who was killed after she was flung from her father's arms when he fell through a floorboard.
Talks between the attorney general Jarrod Bleijie and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland will be further discussed in cabinet next month.
The proposal will be discussed in next month's Cabinet meeting.