Read that latest news about housing and tenancy issues in Victoria.

    Public Housing Residents Are Not ‘Living The High Life’ (The Huffington Post, February 24, 2016)

    Crackdown on criminals who exploit poor in rooming houses (The Age, February 21, 2016)

    Victorian rental laws update sparks fears of eviction by email (Domain, February 18, 2016)

    Australian renters spending way above their means (The New Daily, February 17, 2016)

    Three myths on negative gearing the housing industry wants you to believe (The Conversation, February 17, 2016)

    Negative Gearing: There’s No Positives For Renters Like Me (New Matilda, February 16, 2016)

    Mission Australia report finds one in seven young people at risk of homelessness (Sydney Morning Herald, February 16, 2016)

    Young renters have it hard, but it’s even worse if you’re older (The Guardian, February 16, 2016)

    Landlords, Not Just Tenants, Need To Understand Responsibilities (Your Investment Property, February 15, 2016)

    Ten things Melbourne tenants and landlords should know (Domain, February 11, 2016)

    Sydney, Melbourne rent costs third of tenant’s income (Domain, February 8, 2016)

    Property Council threatens MPs over negative gearing (Macro Business, February 5, 2016)

    How policy success, not failure, has driven Australia’s housing crisis (The Conversation, February 5, 2016)

    A white face can be a big help in a discriminatory housing market (The Conversation, February 1, 2016)

    Renters stressed despite Commonwealth subsidies (The Australian, January 28, 2016)

    Train maps show the ridiculous cost of renting in Australian cities (Mashable Australia, January 27, 2016)

    People with disabilities finding it almost impossible to secure a rental property (Greater Dandenong Leader, January 25, 2016)

    Melbourne’s rental squeeze: call for government incentives (Domain, January 24, 2016)

    Consumer Affairs Victoria flooded with calls about rental market (Domain, January 24, 2016)

    More than 3000 vacant homes in Maroondah could house everyone on public wait list (Maroondah Leader, January 20, 2016)

    Tenants Union of Victoria says renters shouldn’t need landlord permission to have pets (Herald Sun, January 13, 2016)

    Melbourne’s public housing tenants sizzle on hot days (The Age, January 13, 2016)

    Evicting renters for ‘no specified reason’ gives landlord too much power (Domain, January 12, 2016)


    Shocking number of Melbourne properties left vacant despite huge housing demand (, December 9, 2015)

    Australia is in the midst of a rental affordability crisis, report finds (The Guardian, November 24, 2015)

    Can’t afford to rent? How about a car park? (The Domain, November 22, 2015)

    Renters stuck in power-hungry houses (The Age, November 22, 2015)

    Berlin social housing winning the residential race (The Saturday Paper, November 21, 2015)

    Use East West properties for the homeless, welfare groups say (The Age, November 17, 2015)

    The suburban battle for broadband (The Citizen, November 15, 2015)

    Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett announces inquiry into rental market (Herald Sun, November 10, 2015)

    Victoria’s public housing waiting list skyrockets (The Age, November 9, 2015)

    Doing it tough together: Melbourne’s Olympic village community (ABC News, November 9, 2015)

    A national affordable housing strategy: necessary, attainable and maybe on its way (The Conversation, November 3, 2015)

    Rent has pensioners hungry (Sunraysia Daily, October 16, 2015)

    Affordable housing needed in Wodonga (The Border Mail, October 8, 2015)

    Ballarat renters forced further below poverty line (The Courier Mail, October 4, 2015)

    East West Link handed over to homeless people (The Age, September 6, 2015)

    Tenants should have right to refuse open inspections, Tenants Union says (ABC News, September 3, 2015)

    Open for inspections: tenant frustrated at 20 in just three months (Domain, September 2, 2015)

    Low-income renters forced further to the outskirts of Melbourne (Domain, July 30, 2015)

    Lousy Landlords (A Current Affair, July 16, 2015)

    The Melbourne suburbs where rents are on the up and up (Domain, July 11, 2015)

    Melbourne tenants feeling the squeeze as rents rise to all-time high (Domain, July 9, 2015)

    Proposal for public housing residents to buy their homes (The Age, July 9, 2015)

    Tenants chased by double-dipping landlords (Domain, July 6, 2015)

    Investigator to probe Melbourne’s ‘sophisticated’ illegal rooming networks (The Age, June 28, 2015)

    Could 10 year leases end uncertainty for tenants and help address crippling housing affordability in Victoria? (ABC News Radio, June 25, 2015)

    Push to give landlords right to enter properties and take photos slammed (The Age, May 26, 2015)

    Evictions is not the solution. People need a roof over their head! (International Union of Tenants, May 9, 2015) [pdf, 397kb]

    Melbourne unit and house rents rise to all-time high (Domain, April 16, 2015)

    Speculative investors are the reason renting is painful (Domain, April 16, 2015)

    Your rental bond rights (A Current Affair, March 25, 2015)

    Entrepreneurs cashing in on Airbnb as rooms are sublet by the day (The Age, February 14, 2015)

    Student’s guide to renting in Melbourne (Meld Magazine, February 10, 2015)

    Professional help on the rental frontline (Domain, February 8, 2015)

    Landlords under pressure to improve rooming house conditions for vulnerable tenants (ABC News online, February 2, 2015)

    State Government committed to licensing rooming house operators (Leader Newspapers, January 29, 2015)

    Victoria’s social housing has lost millions of dollars in funding, figures show (The Guardian, January 29, 2015)

    State Government committed to licensing rooming house operators (Leader Newspapers, January 29, 2015)

    War on dodgy rooming houses with suspected slums to be inspected (Herald Sun, January 18, 2015)

    Geelong rental prices rise by 122 per cent since 2000 (Geelong Advertiser, January 16, 2015)


    Docklands fire update for tenants: Check what you can do about paying rent…

    Housing affordability: Buying beyond reach of many (Herald Sun, November 23, 2014)

    Victorian state election: Labor to clamp down on ‘party pads’ (The Age, November 20, 2014)

    Call for more social housing in Victoria (The Australian, November 18, 2014)

    Homelessness not sexy enough for Victorian attention (ABC News, November 18, 2014)

    More children in dangerous rooming houses (The Age, November 18, 2014)

    Seniors who rent living in fear: report (Australian Ageing Agenda, November 11, 2014)

    Victorian politicians’ $136 million of property: What hope is there of housing policy reform? (Property Observer, November 10, 2014)

    Lack of affordable housing leads to more homelessness (Moonee Valley Leader, November 5, 2014)

    Renting property? Don’t hold your breath for a long lease (The Age, November 5, 2014)

    Statistics reveal rent stress worst in state (Hume Leader, November 4, 2014)

    The forgotten people: Victoria’s 1 million renters (Sunday Age, November 2, 2014)

    Housing and homelessness policy ‘shelved’ (Probono Australia, October 28, 2014)

    Vic Union hopes to be a voice for the homeless (ABC News, October 10, 2014)

    Vulnerable households in outer suburbs under stress as rents rise (Herald Sun, October 7, 2014)

    Labour commitment to upgrade rooming house (The Age, October 6, 2014)

    For the young, owning a home is even further out of reach (The Age, October 4, 2014)

    Tenants Union of Victoria launches crowdfunding campaign to finance property rating website (Property Observer, September 24, 2014)

    Affordable housing a distant memory in areas once considered cheap (The Age, September 8, 2014)

    Managing tenants for open for inspections (The Age, September 7, 2014)

    Whose house is it? How case-by-case policy advocacy upholds all tenants’ privacy (Power to Persuade (blog), September 4, 2014)

    Napthine government eyes St Kilda rooming house in sell-off plan (The Age, August 26, 2014)

    New strategies are needed for renters (The Age, August 22, 2014)

    What does the average tenant look like? Hint: Not a student, or single (Property Observer, August 21, 2014)

    Families flood Victoria’s rental market, challenging share house myth, research shows (ABC News, August 20, 2014)

    Minimum standards will soon be introduced for rental homes, just not in Victoria (Herald Sun, August 20, 2014)

    Renting now the norm for a generation of families: report (The Age, August 19, 2014)

    Rental rant – Tenants oppose ‘open’ house viewings (The Age, August 12, 2014)

    Tenants’ privacy concerns prompt review into photographing sale properties (The Age, August 6, 2014)

    Tenant’s right for ‘quiet enjoyment’ upheld by VCAT (Herald Sun, August 5, 2014)

    Real estate agent blocked from offering mass viewing of rented property (The Age, August 4, 2014)

    Rooming house safety to be assessed (The Guardian, August 4, 2014)

    Free rent and $8000 back pay for 101-year-old Melbourne tenant (The Age, July 22, 2014)

    The great property swindle we do nothing about (The Age (comment), July 15, 2014)

    RBA housing report based on ‘heroic’ assumptions (The Age, July 15, 2014)

    The RBA says you’re probably better off renting (The Age, July 14, 2014)

    Melbourne public housing woes: Empty nests, crowded houses (The Weekly Review Melbourne Times, June 24, 2014)

    Napthine cuts funding to successful housing support program (The Age, June 22, 2014)

    Landmark ruling on squalid rooming house (ABC Radio National, June 18, 2014)

    Rental affordability declines: People on benefits struggle to meet housing costs (Berwick Leader, June 16, 2014)

    VCAT ruling a win for the little guy (Herald Sun, June 14, 2014)

    Melbourne mayor Robert Doyle pushes for tighter apartment design standards (The Age, June 13, 2014)

    Melbourne’s high-rises riddled with bad apartments (The Age, June 13, 2014)

    Melbourne’s tiny flats would be illegal in other cities (The Age, June 10, 2014)

    Drugs, knives force closure of rooming house in Fitzroy (The Age, June 9, 2014)

    Moreland Mayor Lambros Tapinos says council investigation finds rooming house above Sydney Rd variety shop (Herald Sun, June 02, 2014)

    Soaring rents make ‘cheap’ Melbourne suburbs inaccessible: Council to Homeless Persons (The Age, May 29, 2014)

    Snapshot of affordable housing around the country reveals a bleak picture (The Age, April 29, 2014)

    Rentals out of reach: Battlers struggle to find and pay for somewhere to live (Preston Leader, April 29, 2014)

    The brutal price of domestic violence (The Age, April 27, 2014)

    State’s public housing shortage worsens, with more joining queue (The Age, April 24, 2014 )

    House deposit now ‘out of reach’ for renters (The New Daily, April 23, 2014)

    State’s housing plan is not good enough (The Age, April 14, 2014)

    Victoria has severe shortage of public housing, says report (The Age, April 2, 2014)

    Poor left stranded in public housing revamp (The Age, March 31, 2014)

    No more public housing high-rises, as calls grow for sell-off (Herald Sun, March 31, 2014)

    Homelessness agreement between states and Commonwealth extended with $115m funding promise (ABC News, March 31, 2014)

    Tenants hit in ‘loser pays’ VCAT reform (The Age, March 30, 2014)

    Heatwaves hurt disadvantaged Australians the hardest (ABC Environment, March 30, 2014)

    Social service groups hope for pre-budget housing announcement (ABC Radio PM, March 27, 2014)

    Victoria spends the least of all states on public housing (The Age, March 27, 2014)

    Melbourne City Council plans pledge to end street homelessness (The Age, March 27, 2014)

    Am I paying my landlord’s bills? (The Age, March 26, 2014)

    Housing affordability inquiry another toothless tiger (The Age, March 21, 2014)

    Glen Eira Council withdraws rooming house charges against former councillor (Herald Sun, March 3, 2014 )

    Melbourne renters face harsh home truths as gentrification creeps north (The Age, February 24, 2014)

    Not-for-profit real estate agent wants landlords to give cheap or free rent to homeless (ABC News, January 20, 2014)

    Renting for life? Housing shift requires rethink of renters’ rights (The Conversation, January 1, 2014)


    18/4/2012 The Australian Young suffer most housing stress

    17/4/2012 The Age & SMH Welfare failing to cover the rent

    17/4/2012 Sydney Morning Herald Tough choices for students on youth allowance

    16/4/2012 The Age Five including child injured in rooming house brawl

    14/4/2012 The Age Delay in action on rooming houses

    24/2/2012 Herald Sun Debts collectors demand $38,000 from tenants

    13/2/2012 The Age Casual workers facing rent battle

    11/2/2012 The Age Life on the great dividing range

    3/2/2012 The Australian High rents squeeze low paid tenants

    29/1/2012 The Sunday Age Rental squeeze

    2/1/2012 Herald Sun Tenants blame landlords for filth


    27/10/2011 The Age NAB drops court case on evicting tenants

    26/10/2011 Property Observer NAB withdraws action to evict tenants

    25/10/2011 ABC AM NAB wants to evict tenants faster

    25/10/2011 The Age NAB seeks right to evict tenants

    28/9/2011 The Age Rogue landlord told to pay

    20/9/2001 ABC Radio National Law Report Triple trouble for Charter true believers

    19/9/2011 ABC Lateline Business Rewards points for renting criticised

    21/8/2011 Sunday Age Bad rooming houses to be left unchecked

    16/8/2011 ABC Radio National Law Report Frank Cassar: Australia’s worst landlord?

    14/8/2011 Sunday Age New rules on rooming house key in on safety

    9/8/2011 The Age NBN Co shifts sign-ups to retailers

    9/8/2011 The Age Landlord banned from dealing with tenants

    5/8/2011 Today Tonight Worst landlord sting

    3/8/2011 The Age Frank Cassar, ‘Australia’s worst landlord’, has his day in court

    25/7/2011 The Age Speculators ‘locking up’ empty dwellings

    21/7/2011 The Age Vacancy rise eases market

    27/6/2011 Herald Sun They are lining up for rent a row

    26/6/2011 The Sunday Age Rent market not so tough

    19/6/2011 Sunday Herald Sun Hard to save on power bills

    8/5/2011 Sunday Herald Sun Home rents getting out of reach

    18/4/2011 7PM Project Illegal boarding houses

    17/4/2011 The Age Evicted before convicted

    11/4/2011 The Age When pets prove a problem

    5/4/2011 A Current Affair Rental Rort

    5/4/2011 Bendigo Advertiser Bendigo renters fell the squeeze

    29/3/2011 The Age Private rental too much for many families

    31/1/2011 The Age Crisis in public housing

    21/1/2011 The Age There goes the neighbourhood


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