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

The insecurity of private renters – how do they manage it? (The Conversation, May 24, 2017)

Victoria Civil Society Calls For Urgent Rental Reform (Probono News, May 18, 2017)

Renting the new normal for Victorian (The Age, May 18, 2017)

Increased housing at top end not ‘trickling down’ to help poor, report finds (The Guardian, May 18, 2017)

Is this the budget that forgot renters? (The Conversation, May 10, 2017)

Warnings Over Impact of Rental Reforms on Family Violence (Probono News, May 9, 2017)

Tenants could be evicted if they ‘alarm’ neighbours under proposed changes (The Herald Sun, May 7, 2017)

Housing affordability: Victoria’s rental costs for low income earners ‘never been tighter’ (ABC News, April 27, 2017)

Government urged to prioritise housing affordability for low-income Australians (The Guardian, April 26, 2017)

The new enemy of renters: Mums and dads (Sydney Morning Herald, April 22, 2017)

Poor-quality housing hits Victorian renters hard in the heat, as push for changes to standards mounts (Domain, April 22, 2017)

For renters, making housing more affordable is just the start (The Conversation, April 20, 2017)

Comment: Welcome to Australia, the nation of tenants (SBS, April 18, 2017)

Renting in Australia is generally ‘miserable’ but doesn’t have to be (Financial Review, April 12, 2017)

This new rent-bidding app is some housing market ‘hunger games’ bullshit (Pedestrian TV, April 1, 2017)

‘Startling’ study shows long-term tenants going to extremes to make ends meet (Domain, March 31, 2017)

Elwood tenants win compensation from landlord after floods cause ‘black water’ contamination (Domain, March 31, 2017)

Public housing could offset our homelessness crisis (The New Daily, March 30, 2017)

Renters need $1 million for comfortable retirement (The Age, March 28, 2017)

Caravan park closures shrink options for those on the brink (The Age, March 27, 2017)

Consumer Affairs Victoria warns of new rental scam (The Herald Sun, March 25, 2017)

UniLodge forced to pay $90,000 for ‘false and misleading’ claims (The Age, March 25, 2017)

Melbourne woman left homeless because her assistance dogs made her an ‘undesirable tenant’ (Real Estate, March 23, 2017)

What a difference a month makes, but Victoria can still do more to get housing and planning right (The Conversation, March 15, 2017)

Stuck in the middle market: Affordable rentals hard to find in Melbourne (Domain, March 12, 2017)

Melbourne is in the midst of a rental crisis (I know, I’m looking for a place) (The Age, March 9, 2017)

I’m Resigned To The Fact That I’ll Probably Rent Forever (The Huffington Post, March 8, 2017)

Gatwick Hotel: fears homelessness will worsen with closure of St Kilda rooming house (The Age, March 6, 2017)

Vacant property tax expected to raise $80m in push to increase housing affordability (The Age, March 5, 2017)

Almost all tenancy complaints in Victoria and NSW come from landlords, not renters (Domain, March 1, 2017)

‘Housing should be seen as a human right. Not a commodity’ (The Guardian, March 1, 2017)

‘Zero-Day’ Rental Eviction Proposal Will Increase Homelessness (ProBono News, February 28, 2017)

Slash Negative Gearing, Give Money To Public Housing: Homelessness Agency (The Huffington Post, February 27, 2017)

Melbourne’s rental squeeze forcing more people into homelessness (Domain, February 26, 2017)

New eviction laws could lead to increase in homelessness, body warns (The Guardian, February 26, 2017)

People Are Sharing Their Terrible Renting Experiences In Australia And It’s Too Real (BuzzFeed, February 17, 2017)

Top five #RentInOz experiences that are also the plot to the next Saw movie (SBS Comedy, February 17, 2017)

For more of us, a home will be rented, not owned (The Age, February 17, 2017)

Renters share horror stories on social media (Choice, February 17, 2017)

Aussies are sharing their rental horror stories via #rentinoz & it’s baaaad (Pedestrian TV, February 16, 2017)

#RentInOz: Australian renters share their horror stories (The Guardian, February 16, 2017)

Living precariously: Study finds widespread fear and anxiety among renters (SBS, February 16, 2017)

Getting screwed in the rental market, and 3D-printed rhino horns (Triple J Hack, February 16, 2017)

Rental insecurity: why fixed long-term leases aren’t the answer (The Conversation, February 16, 2017)

#RentinOz: Aussies Share Their Renting Horror Stories (The Huffington Post, February 16, 2017)

Aussie tenants get a raw deal (Choice, February 16, 2017)

Australian renters living in ‘entrenched culture of fear’, survey finds (The Guardian, February 16, 2017)

Melbourne renting: Rent at record highs, rising faster than incomes and vacant (Domain, February 10, 2017)

Value of rent assistance declines as rents climb faster than inflation (The Guardian, January 24, 2017)

Australians Are Renting More Than Ever; It’s Time We Had Some Better Rights (Junkee, January 23, 2017)

“Glorified tents”: Push for energy efficiency rules in rental homes as tenants feel the heat (The Age, January 17, 2017)

Forget the poor first-home buyer. 2017 needs to be the year of the renter (Domain, January 4, 2017)


Affordable housing (Radio National Big Ideas, November 7, 2016)

‘Millions of Aussies in a precarious situation’ (, November 4, 2016)

How the housing boom is remaking Australia’s social class structure (The Conversation, October 17, 2016)

Disadvantaged deserve more action on safe, clean, affordable housing (The Age, October 13, 2016)

Vulnerable rooming house residents stung with skyrocketing rents (The Age, October 11, 2016)

‘We have to be treated like humans’: Court’s landmark ruling on rental rights (The Age, September 8, 2016)

Tenants Union welcomes VCAT ruling on body corporate pet rules (ABC News, September 6, 2016)

One in five Victorian tenants offer to pay extra rent, survey reveals (Domain, September 6, 2016)

Victoria signs over $500m in public housing stock to Aboriginal organisation (ABC News, September 5, 2016)

The government says it has a plan to fix the housing affordability crisis. This chart suggests it doesn’t (Sydney Morning Herald, September 5, 2016)

Welfare advocates call for end to Victoria’s ‘dodgy rentals’ (ABC News, September 2, 2016)

Slum warning: more than one million Australians live in poor to derelict housing (Domain, August 30 21, 2016)

As pet owners suffer rental insecurity, perhaps landlords should think again (The Conversation, August 16, 2016)

Office of Housing under investigation for pursuit of tenants (The Age, August 10, 2016)

The hidden tax that hurts renters: why we need a revolution in tenant rights’ (The Age, July 21, 2016)

Victorian rental law review reveals tensions between tenants and landlords’ (ABC News, July 19, 2016)

Social housing is critical infrastructure’ (Australian Financial Review, July 10, 2016)

Renters’ needs ignored by ‘great Australian dream’’ (Residential Property Manager, July 5, 2016)

Ignore the scare campaign, Labor’s housing policy the best thing for young Aussies since Whitlam’ (The Age, June 23, 2016)

Generation Rent: never buying a property will mean saving more for retirement’ (Domain, May 21, 2016)

New State Government laws will require rooming house operators to pass ‘fit and proper person’ test’ (Leader, May 9, 2016)

Renters were invisible in the federal budget’ (Domain, May 6, 2016)

Housing affordability a growing issue for older Australians’ (Domain, April 27, 2016)

Rental affordability: owning a home is a fantasy if you can’t afford to rent one’ (The Guardian, April 21, 2016)

Housing groups calls for new vacancy tax to fund family violence programs’ (The Age, April 16, 2016)

Renting with pets: tenants deserve more respect’ (Domain, April 14, 2016)

Meet the homeless protesters who are taking on tax breaks for the rich’ (The Guardian, April 8, 2016)

Airbnb: Victorian laws under pressure as landlord fails to evict ‘sublet’ tenants’ (Domain, April 2, 2016)

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)

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

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)

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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