Once considered a transitional phase on the road to homeownership, the modern rental market is fast breaking this stereotype. Thanks to housing prices continuing to rise out of sync with incomes, more people are now renting their homes than ever before – over 1.5 million people in Victoria alone.
In June 2016, the Victorian Government commenced a comprehensive review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) for the first time in almost two decades.
Make Renting Fair was formed in early 2017 in response to a series of recommended changes that would have made renting less secure, strip many existing protections and fail to address certain key issues faced by the state’s renters.
Thanks to the hard work and determination of thousands of individuals and over 70 organisations and local councils, Make Renting Fair was successful at lobbying for positive changes when the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 was passed through both houses of Parliament.
Make Renting Fair would like to acknowledge the Victorian Government’s leadership and the support of the Greens and crossbench MPs Ms Fiona Patten, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins and Mr James Purcell. We look forward to working with the State Government to develop the forthcoming regulations pertaining to this bill.
Why is it so important to make renting safe, stable and private for all Victorians?
Nothing says more about why renters’ rights are so vital than the experiences of those who know firsthand what it’s like: