Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Big win for Victorian renters

David Lee December 14, 2017

THE Victorian Government has delivered a big win for renters, putting fairness back at the centre of the state’s tenancy laws, according to the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS).

VCOSS CEO, Emma King said, “Renters have been getting a raw deal in Victoria, with dodgy landlords getting away with too much, for too long.

“That ends now.”

The Government has announced a comprehensive suite of reforms, including plans to abolish unfair ‘no reason’ evictions, make it easier to tenants to make minor upgrades and keep pets, cap rent increases at once per year, ban rental bidding and establish a Tenants’ Commissioner to champion renters’ rights.

“Victorians are renting for longer than at any time in history, making strong protections for tenants more important than ever,” Ms King said.

“These changes will help level the playing field.

“All renters will benefit, but especially those on low-incomes or facing disadvantage who currently lack the power, time or resources to enforce their rights,” Ms King said.

We understand the government is also currently finalising its response to the need for minimum standards for rental properties in Victoria.

“Minimum rental standards are a key piece of unfinished businesses,” Ms King said.

“We need to stop dodgy landlords from renting homes in a state of gross disrepair.

“Just as cars require a ‘roadworthy’ before they can be driven, homes should be required to meet a set of minimum standards and declared ‘homeworthy’ before they can be rented.

“VCOSS looks forward to working with the Government to ensure all Victorians have a safe, secure and affordable home,” Ms King said.