NEW REALITY MEANS RENTERS NEED MORE SECURE HOUSING

16 Feb 2017

A report released today by Choice, the National Association of Tenant Organisations and National Shelter shows that Australia is performing poorly when it comes to renters rights

NEW REALITY MEANS RENTERS NEED MORE SECURE HOUSING

A report released today by Choice, the National Association of Tenant Organisations and National Shelter shows that Australia is performing poorly when it comes to renters rights.

The report confirms that Australia’s tenancy laws have not kept pace with the new reality that more people are renting and more people are renting for longer.

Since 1995, the proportion of Australian households renting from a private landlord has increased from 20 percent to 26 percent. The report shows that 83 percent of renters have no fixed-term lease or are on a lease of 12 months or less.

Australian tenancy laws perform poorly when it comes to security of tenure and giving tenants the full enjoyment of their rented home.

They give tenants little protection from arbitrary eviction and excessive rent increases.

Leases often restrict the ability of tenants to own pets, decorate their homes or make a garden, even where such restrictions are unnecessary.

With an increasing number of people renting without the prospect of being able to buy their own home, national leadership is needed on the question of renters’ rights.

The Turnbull Government should be working with State and Territory governments to set national minimum private rental market standards that reflect the right of people who rent long-term to access and remain in adequate, affordable and appropriate housing with protection of their rights as citizens and consumers.

THURSDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2017