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.
Tenants Victoria CEO and Campaign Spokesperson, Mark O’Brien, said that Victorians had been waiting twenty years for reforms to deliver improved safety, stability and privacy for renters.
“We welcome the additional clarifications of the proposed reforms, particularly the introduction of minimum standards for rented properties and simpler processes for tenants to have pets and to do minor modifications to their rented premises to a make it a home,” he says.
“We are pleased to see this Bill is ready for parliament. The reforms highlighted this morning are very positive for Victorians who rent their homes.”
Mr O’Brien says this a great starting point for the Bill and we now need to see the full legislation.
He went on to say that any efforts to water down or delay the reform package becoming law would hurt renters and create housing uncertainty for a huge number of individuals and families across the state.
“Any moves to dilute these reforms would be very unpopular in the community and strongly opposed by housing and welfare groups. It would be huge loss for tenants who have already waited far too long for a fair go.”
Mr O’Brien said that community groups would support legislation that makes life better for the one-third of the population who rent and that doesn’t make it easier to evict vulnerable people into insecurity and homelessness.
“Our final position will be based on seeing the full legislation and consulting with key organisations and individuals with expertise in this area.
“We expect the full legislation to make good on the other announced reforms to abolish no reason notices to vacate. We also hope that the full legislation enhances security by restricting unreasonable and unnecessary evictions.”