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.”
This news comes after a significant amount of attention to the promises the State Government made to renters last October, including recent actions made by Make Renting Fair campaign supporters and resulting media coverage. Well done, team!
IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
While this is a welcome development, it leaves us with a relatively short amount of time for the State Government to keep its promise to renters before it winds down in preparation for the upcoming state election. That means they have 28 more sitting days to put Victorian renters on the agenda and introduce these changes to Parliament in 2018.
IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO KEEP GOING!
Last Thursday, we teamed up with our friends at Domestic Violence Victoria to address one key reform that has yet to be acknowledged: Better protections for tenants affected by family violence. In less than a week, over 300 people sent emails en masse to members of the State Government.
Each email went to six local MPs plus the Victorian Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz. That means almost 3,000 emails were received in just six days – and roughly that’s one email every 3 minutes!
Emailing your local MP may feel like a small thing, but actions like this make a loud and impactful statement to Government about the importance of safeguarding renters.
There’s still time to get involved in this action as well as our previous actions about welcoming pets and introducing minimum standards. Simply hover over the ‘Take Action’ link in the menu and select the action you want to get involved in.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Make Renting Fair campaign. Together, we can make a positive impact for the over 1.5 million Victorians who rent their homes.
-- The Make Renting Fair Coalition