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Tenants Victoria welcomes solar power for renters

Posted by Devon LaSalle on November 8, 2018
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Category: Media Release
Tenants Victoria has welcomed the announcement by Victorian Labor that they will establish a program to facilitate access to solar power for Victorian renters. This program has the potential to deliver real savings on electricity costs for Victorian renters at a relatively modest fee. The fee for the renter should be more than offset by the savings. Whilst the take-up rate for solar power has been increasing in the owner occupied housing sector, the rental

Message from the CEO: Residential Tenancies Legislation Survey 2018

Posted by Devon LaSalle on November 1, 2018
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Category: Make Renting Fair, Message from the CEO, Outreach, Policy
It has been a busy few months at Tenants Victoria, with plenty of activity in both the private and public rental sectors. The biggest news in recent weeks has been the passage of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 by Victoria’s Parliament on 6 September 2018.  Make Renting Fair has published an outline of what this bill – now called the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 – will entail for renters. The next step for

CHP releases ‘blueprint’ for ending Victorian homelessness

Posted by Devon LaSalle on November 1, 2018
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Category: Homelessness, Policy
Content provided by the Council to Homeless Persons.   Victoria’s homelessness peak, the Council to Homeless Persons, has released the Victorian Homelessness Election Platform, describing it as a ‘blueprint’ for ending homelessness in Victoria. CHP says that with the right measures in place, ending homelessness is achievable and is calling on local candidates to show they’re serious about ending homelessness by publicly committing to the 17 proposals in the Homelessness Election Platform. CHP produced a homelessness heat

Judy’s experience in emergency housing

Posted by Devon LaSalle on November 1, 2018
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Category: Advocacy, Case Win, Outreach
Judy is a 56-year-old woman with a long history of vulnerable housing. She is smart, articulate, house-proud and incredible at managing things on a tight budget. Judy lived in her own Office of Housing property some years ago. Unfortunately, domestic violence forced her to vacate this premises, which was in her name. Judy’s ex-partner damaged the property and accrued a substantial rent arrears debt. This has made it challenging for Judy to apply for housing

Historic step forward for renters as Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 passes through Victorian Parliament

Posted by Devon LaSalle on September 6, 2018
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Category: Advocacy, Make Renting Fair, Media Release
Victoria’s peak tenancy body welcomes the news that the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 has tonight passed through Parliament. The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 marks first significant change to the state’s tenancy laws in twenty years.  Sweeping reforms include abolishing ‘no reason’ notices to vacate, subjecting rental properties to minimum property standards that address health and safety concerns, allowing tenants to undertake certain minor modifications, and making it easier to rent with pets.  New
Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.