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Historic step forward for renters as Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 passes through Victorian Parliament

Victoria’s peak tenancy body welcomes the news that the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 has tonight passed through Parliament.

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Breaking: We did it, we won!

Last night, the Victorian Upper House passed the biggest rental reform package in two decades. We have won our battle to make big changes to residential tenancy laws for 1.5 million Victorians.

We won because of you and your support!

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What does the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill mean for renters?

On 7 August 2018, the Victorian Government introduced a bill to Parliament – colloquially known as the ‘RentFair” Bill – that will amend the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).

While this bill is not perfect, we believe that it is measured and balanced.  The changes outlined in the bill will provide renters with better protections without disadvantaging landlords, enabling them to make safe, healthy and happy lives for themselves and their families.  These reforms are largely sensible and provide an importance balance that current legislation lacks.

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Tell MPs to make RentFair the law before it's too late!

The verdict is in on the RentFair Bill... and it’s a BIG YES from us!

The lawyers have scrutinised the legislation over the weekend and it is a big step forward for the safety, stability and privacy of Victoria’s 1.5 million tenants.

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Rental campaign calls on MPs to pass reforms without delay

The Make Renting Fair Campaign, a community coalition representing over 70 tenancy, welfare and local government bodies plus around 10,000 individual supporters, is calling on Victorian parliamentarians to pass the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 before the state election.

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‘Rent Fair’ reforms about to hit parliament

Yesterday, the Victorian Government announced its intention to introduce an amendment bill to the Residential Tenancies Act to Parliament this week.

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Make Renting Fair welcomes State Government’s rental reform legislation

The Make Renting Fair Campaign, a coalition of over 70 tenancy, welfare and local government bodies, has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announced tenancy reforms and their planned introduction to parliament this week.

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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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