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Keep your promise, Premier. Put renters on the agenda.

On 8 October 2017, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the State Government would legislate a series of reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act in 2018 that ‘gives tenants more rights, helps them stay on longer leases, makes bonds smaller and fairer, and cracks down on dodgy landlords’.

Exactly eight months on, no further details have been provided and nothing has changed.

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It’s hard to be happy when renting isn’t fair

Data released today by National Australia Bank that indicates renters experience a lower rate of wellbeing than owner-occupiers is not surprising given the lack of protections renters face, says campaign spokesperson and Tenants Victoria CEO, Mark O’Brien.

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It’s time to make renting fair and more affordable

The latest Rental Affordability Index released by National Shelter, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics proves what we have long suspected: Melbourne’s rental marketing is increasingly unaffordable for more people.

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Renters are a political force

The year is almost halfway over, and we have come to a critical juncture in the fight for renters’ rights in Victoria.

A recent article in The Australian referred to renters as a ‘new political force’ in Australia.

I couldn’t agree more.

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Another win for Victorian renters!

In response to calls from Victorian family violence services and thousands of emails sent by Make Renting Fair supporters like you, the Victorian Government has confirmed it will introduce new protections for renters experiencing family violence.

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Campaign Update: It's the final countdown

It has been a busy month for the Make Renting Fair campaign, with plenty of meetings and even more action.

The State Government recently opened up about its reform of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), saying: “The full package of reforms to the RTA will be set out in a Bill, to be introduced for debate in the Victorian Parliament this year.”

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IWD 2018: Homelessness is a women’s issue

Homelessness is a deeply gendered issue. it surprises people to know that the person most likely to walk into a homelessness service is a woman aged 24-34, most likely with a child in tow.

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Campaign Update: Big wins for renters, but when will they start?

Last year was a rousing success for renters’ right in Victoria.  We launched the Make Renting Fair campaign in May 2017.  Just five short months later the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a 14-point list of reforms including a ban on ‘no reason’ evictions, the introduction of a landlord blacklist and that pets would soon be welcomed in rental properties.

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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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