Housing security, or security of tenure, is about having choice, control and certainty over your housing circumstances. Tenure security is about the ability to create a home and a sense of belonging in the community.
There are a lot of different factors that influence how secure a tenant feels in their housing situation. The one that comes to many people’s mind is the length of their fixed-term agreement. If you’ve got one of those you should be right, right? Well not necessarily. Tenure security is not only about the length of your lease. Other aspects that give you tenure security are:
Sadly legislation in Victoria fails tenants in these four areas.
There are a great number of ways in which the Victorian government can improve housing security for tenants. The top three ways the government can increase security of tenure is to:
Have you been served with a notice to vacate for no reason? Or had your rent increased during your tenancy agreement? Have you been forced to move because your landlord would not undertake repairs or continued to invade your privacy?
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.
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You can tell the Government that they should make housing more secure for renters.
Right now the Victorian Government is reviewing the key renting legislation that affects your rights and responsibilities as a tenant (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.
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A need for greater security of housing for tenants
To the Residential Tenancies Act review,
Renters in Victoria do not feel secure enough in their housing. Tenure security is important as stable housing enables people to construct a home, make connections to their community and facilitate social and economic participation.
The Victorian renting legislation is failing tenants in their ability to have security in their housing. There are a great number of ways in which the Victorian government can improve housing security for tenants.
The Victorian government needs to:
1) Abolish No Reason Notices to Vacate (S120) and End of Lease Notices to Vacate (S60 & S90).
2) Facilitate a simpler process for tenants to have repairs undertaken by the landlord.
3) Strengthen the legislation to give tenants a right to ‘privacy’ as well as ‘quiet enjoyment’ of their homes.
4) Regulate that landlords cannot increase the rent during a fixed-term tenancy agreement.
I urge you to consider these recommendations in the review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.