why donate?

    Secure and affordable housing is a fundamental need for people of every walk of life in Victoria. For too many tenants this need is out of reach. Tenants are often vulnerable. They can and do fall between the cracks in the housing system, especially due to:

    • High costs of renting a house relative to average incomes. More than 150,000 renters in Victoria pay more than 30% of their total income in rent.
    • Tenants face greater levels of insecurity. There are more than 20,000 applications for possession at VCAT including evictions for no reason at all.
    • Most of the affordable rental properties are poor quality and a long way from jobs and services.
    • The tenancy law simply doesn’t provide adequate protection for some basic housing rights.

    In fact the majority of tenants aren’t even aware of their rights, or don’t know that they can get help. That’s what we do – we make a difference for Victorian tenants through advocacy, education and advice. However, Government funding for our services is not enough to meet the demand or to provide the kind of services we think can make the most difference for tenants…we’re just treading water.

    Your donation is a valuable way of helping us help other tenants. It’s an investment in a fairer community.

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    donations are helpful

    Your donation can help us help more Victorian renters.

    • More than 30% of Victorians rent their home. The demand for our phone and email service is very high. We answer more than 15,000 calls and emails each year. With your donation, we can help more tenants.
    • About 60,000 applications are made to VCAT each year to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. Most of these applications are by landlords trying to evict tenants or trying to claim a tenant’s bond. We assist more than 350 tenants each year. Without our assistance, the odds are stacked too much in the landlord’s favour. Your donation can help give tenants a better chance at VCAT.
    • More than half a million people use our website each year. Your donation can help us provide more resources so tenants can help themselves, get informed and feel empowered. Tenants could benefit from resources on our website to get answers when they really need them. We have ideas to expand the ways we help people to access our information and services, and these all require additional investment.
    • Decisions are made that adversely affect tenants every day. We work to improve conditions for tenants and residents. Your donation can help us raise important issues with decision makers including government departments, respond properly when changes are proposed, and reduce negative impacts on tenants.

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    invest in your community

    Join us in our commitment to every tenant in Victoria. A small donation of your money or time can make a big difference to the lives of tenants within our community.

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    your donation

    We are a registered charity and we take our obligations to donors and regulatory bodies very seriously.  

    If you’d like to discuss any aspect of how we manage your donation, please contact our Finance and Administration Manager on 9411 1444.

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    a gift in your will

    If you admire and support the values and work of Tenants Victoria, consider including a gift to the organisation in your will. Making such a gift will help us continue to tackle the problems faced by all renters and get better outcomes from our work on behalf of tenants.

    Making or revising your will does not need to be expensive. You can speak to your own solicitor about how to do this. The three examples below show a simple form of words you can use:

    pecuniary bequest

    I give (free from all duties or taxes of whatsoever nature) to Tenants Victoria of 55 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, (ACN 081 348 227) for its general purposes the sum of $[insert amount] and the authorised receipt of the Secretary, Treasurer or other proper officer of Tenants Victoria shall be a complete discharge for my executor(s) in relation to this gift.

    specific bequest

    I give (free from all duties or taxes of whatsoever nature)  to Tenants Victoria of 55 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, (ACN 081 348 227) [insert specified items e.g. personal possessions, a parcel of land, a life insurance policy] for its general purposes and declare that the authorised receipt of the Secretary, Treasurer or other proper officer of Tenants Victoria shall be a complete discharge for the executor(s) in relation to this gift.

    residuary bequest

    After payment of all debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, taxes and duties (howsoever described), I give my residuary estate to Tenants Victoria of 55 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, (ACN 081 348 227) and I declare that the authorised receipt of the Secretary, Treasurer and other proper officer of Tenants Victoria shall be a complete discharge for my executor(s) in relation to this gift.

    If you have already included a gift to Tenants Victoria in your Will, please let us know so we can thank you personally. All information is treated in the strictest confidence. For more information about leaving a gift to Tenants Victoria, please contact us on (03) 9411 1444.

    Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.