Fairer more predictable rents

What’s the problem?

Rental affordability continues to be a major issue in Victoria and across Australia. 38% of private renters are paying over 30% of their incomes in rent and 76% of low income renters are in rental stress.

Even once you have secured a tenancy there is no relief from the continuing rental climb. Your landlord can increase your rent as often as twice a year, and there is very little regulating by how much it can be increased. The possibility for frequent and unpredictable rent increases makes it difficult for tenants to budget and plan, and contributes to an insecure private rental market.

What’s the solution?

We can learn from what they do in Germany where rents are set in a way that provides stability, reliability and affordability for tenants, whilst still giving landlords a steady income stream. Tenants Victoria believes this system could also work in Victoria.

For example, in Germany:

  • there’s a database of average rents across the previous four years for housing of similar size, quality and location
  • landlords must use these local reference rents to set their own rent and have limits on how much they can raise the rent
  • rent increases can only occur once every 12 months and cannot be increased by over 20% during a three year period
  • landlords need to justify any increase and the tenant must agree to the increase.

This soft, market driven regulation has an effect of slowing down an otherwise out-of-control rental market and balances the rights of landlords and tenants. It also creates a more stable and secure environment for both landlords and tenants.

How can you help?

1) Sign our petition

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. Help us to make renting fair by signing our petition.

2) Tell us your story

Have you suffered because of rental affordability issues? Or have you had your rent increased too often or by too much?

Case studies about your experiences can help us to campaign for better tenancy laws and practices. We have lots of statistics based on our research and our advice work but your stories can add a strong ‘human’ voice to our evidence base. This can be very powerful when we are talking to politicians or the media about the issues that tenants face. It can also provide good examples of real problems when we are writing submissions or newsletters.

We will never use your story in a way that could identify you unless you specifically give us your consent. Tell us your story.

3) Tell the Minister

 
The Hon. Marlene Kairouz MP
Minister for Consumer Affairs
 
You can tell the Minister that she should make rents fairer for everyone.
Send an email via the form below. You can add to our message or write your own.

I want fairer more predictable rent

Dear Minister,
 
Rental affordability continues to be a major issue in Victoria with 38% of private renters paying over 30% of their income in rent. With few safeguards in place to protect tenants from frequent and high rent increases, Victoria’s private rental market is an insecure place to live.
 
The German system for rent regulation provides stability, reliability and affordability to tenants, whilst still giving landlords a steady income stream. Germany’s rental sector continues to thrive under this system, and I think that Victoria’s could too.
 
I urge you to seriously consider implementing the German model for rent regulation in Victoria.
 
Yours sincerely,

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Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.