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New rental research underlines case for stronger tenant protections in Victoria

New rental research underlines case for stronger tenant protections in Victoria
Thursday 16 February 2017 / For immediate release

New research released today has revealed that nearly all Australian renters are insecure in their tenancies and many are so scared of eviction they forego necessary repairs and maintenance.

This comes at a time when Victoria is considering changes to its state rental laws that could see the situation worsen considerably with increased insecurity and evictions made even easier.

‘Unsettled: Life in Australia’s Private Rental Market’ is a joint project of Choice, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenancy Organisations. It paints a stark picture of renting for one-third of all Australians and over 1.2 million Victorians.

Tenants Union of Victoria CEO, Mark O’Brien, said the report was timely given the Victorian Government’s current review of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and a number of concerning options recently released by Consumer Affairs Victoria for public consultation.

“This research tells a powerful story about renting in Victoria. One in three people are tenants, many have rented for more than ten years and most are on low or middle incomes. The vast majority lack housing security, half are worried about being unfairly blacklisted and discrimination is rampant.

“Victoria has a real chance to improve the lives of tenants through this RTA Review. I urge the Government to immediately rule out proposals that would make evicting people easier and give individuals and families a real sense of security instead of the threat of homelessness.

“We also need to see an end to ‘no reason’ eviction notices, which are used by landlords to kick people out who have done nothing wrong. 

"A clear commitment to this reform would clean up a range of dodgy practices and limit the scope for discrimination against women and kids, people from different cultural backgrounds, people with disabilities, people with mental health issues, and people on Centrelink payments.

“We are calling on Premier Daniel Andrews to make the Government’s intentions clear. Are they going to back the property industry or are they going to support the safety, security and privacy of low and middle income households who are trying to build their lives in the rental market?”

Click here for the full research report.

More information: Yaelle Caspi, Tenants Union of Victoria, 0431 268 423, ycaspi@tuv.org.au