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Video: Protecting tenants affected by family violence

What is domestic violence and how common is it?  Do the provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act sufficiently protect tenants, or can more be done?  Alison Macdonald from Domestic Violence Victoria joined Tenants Victoria CEO, Mark O'Brien for a discussion about these important issues.

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Welcoming pets: The humane thing to do for our elders

It is easy to assume that the majority of renters are singles and couples saving up for their first home.  After all, renting is for the young, right?  By the time you start thinking about taking it easy and enjoying visits with the grand kids, you’ll have long since been living in your own home.

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First big win for renters in 20 years

On Sunday, 8 October, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced (with much fanfare) a 14 point plan for rental reform that is a big step towards our goal of ‘making renting fair’ and a big win for the 1.5 million Victorians who rent their home.

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Media: Campaign welcomes reform package as 'significant step' towards fair rental laws

The Make Renting Fair Campaign has welcomed Premier Daniel Andrews’ suite of tenancy reforms and says they will make a positive difference to the lives of Victoria’s 1.5 million renters. 

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Video: Protecting vulnerable tenants with the Council to Homeless Persons

Do Victoria's tenancy laws do enough to help prevent vulnerable tenants from becoming homeless?  Tenants Victoria CEO Mark O'Brien recently sat down with Damien Patterson from the Council to Homeless Persons to discuss the state of homelessness in Victoria and what can be done about it.

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In-Depth: Family violence protections

Thanks to the work of passionate advocates like the late Fiona Richardson and those working with the Royal Commission for Family Violence, most people are aware of the challenges faced by the one in four women and one in 12 men in Australia that have experienced violence by an intimate partner.  Many positive changes are being made to various parts of legislation to protect those affected by family violence.  While Victoria’s tenancy laws already provide a certain level of protection, more can be done to give vulnerable tenants the best possible chance at a new life.

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In-Depth: Unjust tenancy database practices

Finding out that you have been ‘blacklisted’ is every renter’s worst nightmare.  While only a relatively small portion of the population is actually placed on a tenancy database, the fear of being blacklisted alone is enough to cause tenants great stress: A recent study found that being blacklisted is a genuine concern for half of renters, and that 14% avoided making a complaint or requesting repairs out of fear of adverse consequences.

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In-Depth: Onerous and unfair lease terms

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate luck of getting caught without an umbrella in a sudden Victorian downpour, you might have decided to leave your soaking wet coat on your balcony to dry a bit instead of dripping water throughout the house.  (Anything to keep water stains off the carpet!)  Let’s pretend for a moment that you rent your home and your tenancy agreement contains a clause banning you from hanging washing on the balcony.  You figure that it’s reasonable to leave your coat out, as it is only going to be there for an hour or two.  Besides, a coat doesn’t count as hanging out the washing, right?

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In-Depth: Special pet bond scheme

Anyone that has spent time in any given suburb can tell you one thing for certain: Australians love their pets!  Approximately 63% of us own a pet and these furry, feathered and finned friends are more than just our companions – 88% of Aussie pet owners consider their pets as cherished members of the family.

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Community leaders sound alarm bells over rental reforms

Media release - 17/8/2017

Fifty-five* CEOs and community leaders have written to the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews this morning warning that prospective changes to the Residential Tenancies Act will adversely impact 1.5 million Victorians who rent their homes, leading to greater housing insecurity and homelessness.

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