The Victorian Government is currently reviewing our Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), which controls safety, security and privacy for 1.2 million people across the state.
This is a rare opportunity to make positive changes to these laws, but we are also at risk of seeing consumer protections for tenants weakened. If this happens, the most vulnerable people will be hit hardest.
The groups most impacted would include people who have been homeless, people living with mental illness, people with a disability, older tenants, students, people from CALD backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women and children, and low income households.
The Tenants Union of Victoria founded the Make Renting Fair Campaign to make renting fair for everyone and to prevent it becoming an option of last resort for those with no other choices.
See our assessment of the options being proposed through the Heading for Home Options Paper:
We currently have several campaigns underway to address issues faced by tenants and residents in Victoria.
Before the Victorian State Election in November 2014, we wrote to the Coalition, the Labor Party and the Greens with a series of question regarding tenancy issues. Their responses are below.