Rental housing standards

    Decent housing is essential to everyone’s wellbeing. It should be secure, safe, and not jeopardise the health and welfare of occupants.

    What’s the problem?

    Many people would be surprised to know that there are no effective standards applying to rental properties. This is a contrast to most other goods and services available for purchase which must meet stringent health and safety standards.

    Because there are no standards, housing can be available for rent even though it:

    • Lacks basic amenities such as a heater, running hot water, and a working oven/stove
    • Is insecure because of inadequate locks on external doors and windows
    • Is unsafe or unhealthy because of structural defects

    Currently, there is a shortage of affordable rental properties, and many tenants have no choice but to rent properties that lack even a basic level of amenity and energy efficiency. The TUV believes it is unacceptable that there are no laws requiring rental properties to provide a minimum level of amenity.

    What’s the solution?

    The TUV believes that tenants deserve to have rental housing regulated to meet minimum community standards for health, safety and energy efficiency. Minimum standards for rental properties should be included in the RTA.

    How can you help?

    1) Tell us your story

    Do you live in a property without a heater or running hot water? Do you have to suffer with poor insulation or a house that has significant structural problems? Does your property need more than just repairs?

    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.

    2) Tell the Government what you think

    You can tell the Government that they should amend the law to include minimum standards for rental properties.

    Right now the Victorian Government is reviewing the key renting legislation that affects your rights and responsibilities as tenants (Residential Tenancies Act 1997). This means that now is the perfect time to have your say. You can help us make a difference for all people renting in Victoria by adding your voice in support.
     
    Send an email via the form below. You can add to our message or write your own.

    Sub-standard rental housing

    To the Residential Tenancies Act review,
     
    Housing is essential to wellbeing. It should be secure, safe, and not jeopardise the health and welfare of occupants. However, the Residential Tenancies Act does not currently include any standards applying to rental properties.
     
    Unfortunately this means that properties with inadequate heating, ventilation and cooking facilities can be leased. This is a contrast to most other goods and services available for purchase which must meet stringent health and safety standards.
     
    Rent is an essential expenditure and usually the largest weekly expense of tenant households – it is inconsistent and unfair that this expenditure should not come with a guarantee of minimum standards.
     
    I urge you to consider introducing minimum standards for health, safety and energy efficiency for rental properties in Victoria.
     
    Yours sincerely,

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    The Tenants Union of Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.