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Rights for Renters Often Ignored, Vulnerability Increasing

Jan 13, 2017, 09:55 AM by Beth Doherty

Anglicare Australia’s Executive Director Kasy Chambers spoke to the New Daily about rights for renters yesterday.

According to the piece by Jackson Stiles, a rental rights and tenancy advocates are demanding that better protections for renters, currently under consideration in Victoria, be rolled out nationwide.

After almost two years of submissions, the Victorian government has released an options paper that summarises the best, evidence-based reforms raised so far – some of which would push Victoria well ahead of other states.

Kasy Chambers argued  that the “long queue” for affordable housing, coupled with the fact that landlords in all states and territories can terminate leases early without cause, makes renters “afraid” to challenge rent hikes and ask for repairs or modifications.

“We find that people in rental situations are very much the poor cousin in that relationship,” Ms Chambers told The New Daily. “It’s a really important area long ignored by policy makers.”

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