The Victorian Government is currently reviewing our Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), which controls safety, security and privacy for over 1.5 million people across the state.
The number of households renting in Victoria has increased to 1.5 million at last count. Due to our affordable housing crisis, more people are renting for more of their lives.
We have already won a valuable package of reforms in this area and give full credit to the Victorian Government for showing early leadership and making a strong statement that they share our goal of making renting fair for everyone.
However, the full details of the RTA Review are yet to be released and there are still major pieces of unfinished business. Right now we have a rare opportunity to make positive changes to these laws.
There is also a real risk we could still see consumer protections for tenants weakened. If this happens, more vulnerable tenants will be the ones hit hardest.
The groups most impacted would include people who have been homeless, people living with mental illness, people with a disability, older tenants, students, people from CALD backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women and children, and low income households.
The Tenants Union of Victoria founded the Make Renting Fair Campaign to make renting fair for everyone and to prevent it becoming an option of last resort for people on low and middle incomes.
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Listen to a few Victorian renters talk about their experiences: