Greens launch plan to strengthen tenant rights – 16 News

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The Greens today launched a plan to strengthen tenant rights and fund tenancy advocacy services. About a third of all households in Australia rent their homes. Yet the government ignored the tenants’ rights in favor of the landlord’s profits after the government.

Rentals are becoming more affordable and inaccessible by the minute. Last Rental Affordable Price IndexPublished today, it showed that low- and middle-income households are currently under extreme rent stress in cities and regions across the country.

The Greens will protect tenants’ rights by Increasing and guaranteeing $30 million a year financing for tenants’ advocacy services improve access to independent information, advice and advocacy. This cost was fully borne by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office.

We will also establish National Tenant Rights Standard with:

  • Limit the amount and frequency of rent increases on private hire
  • Ban ‘unjustified’ evictions and give tenants the option of European Style long-term rentals
  • Allow tenants to make minor changes without permission from the landlord
  • Ban general ‘no pets’ clauses in rental agreements
  • Ensuring appropriate tenancy protections for victims of domestic violence in all states and territories
  • Enforce disability access, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability standards for rental homes.

Alongside the Greens’ commitment to build a million affordable homes, these measures will support tenants, increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance, and reverse negative gear and capital gains tax breaks.

Greens Housing spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi said:

“Tenants in this country are doing it incredibly hard. More and more people are renting, but their rights are limited, they cannot turn their home into a home.

“We’ve all heard the rental horror stories of people evicted, huge rent increases, broken floorboards and leaking roofs. It’s ahead of time to fix this.

“Not only are we seeing the affordability of rentals worsening year-over-year, but people also have to contend with low-quality rentals.

“Tenants’ rights are a national issue. Homeowners across the country have a lot of power. Unjustified evictions should be a thing of the past and we need to get rent increases under control.

“I have rented with my family in Sydney for many years and am well aware of the challenges, uncertainties, insecurities and restrictions that make renting difficult.

“Worse still, various states and territories have different rules and standards, which makes it confusing and unclear for tenants exactly what their rights are.

“Critical tenancy defense services must be well funded to ensure that tenants have access to the legal and advisory support they need as they navigate an often confusing and inflexible system.

“As property prices skyrocket and home ownership becomes more and more out of reach for more and more people, protecting tenants’ rights has never been more critical.

“Whether you own a home or a rental home, everyone deserves the security and stability of a place they can call home.”

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