Rental bidding

Tenants Victoria is aware that tenants are being encouraged by landlords and property managers to offer more than the stated rent in order to secure the property. This practice is called ‘rental bidding’ or a ‘rental auction’.

What’s the problem?

The practice of advertising one price but only accepting higher offers is not acceptable in other consumer transactions (such as purchasing goods in a shop), and it should not be tolerated in the rental market.

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria has issued guidelines for its members that prohibit rental bidding, however the practice still occurs.

What’s the solution?

Tenants Victoria believes the practice should be specifically outlawed so that people wishing to rent a home can rely on the price stated in the advertisement and not feel obliged to offer more than this price.

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 ever been to inspect or tried to make an application for a rental property only to be told by the property manager or landlord that it will not be leased for the advertised price? Has a property manager or landlord ever told you that to secure a property you should offer more than the stated rent per week or per calendar month?

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 should explicitly outlaw rental bidding.
Send an email via the form below. You can add to our message or write your own.

I think rental auctions should be illegal

Dear Minister,
 
I am writing to you in relation to ‘rental bidding’ or ‘rental auctions.’ This practice of advertising one price but then encouraging higher offers should not be tolerated in the rental market.
 
I note that the Real Estate Institute of Victoria has issued guidelines for its members that prohibit rental bidding, however the practice still occurs.
 
I encourage you to specifically outlaw rental bidding so that people wishing to rent a home can rely on the price stated in the advertisement and not feel obliged to offer more than this price.
 
Yours sincerely,

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Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.