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    World Homelessness Day: October 10th 2019

    This World Homelessness Day 2019, homelessness workers from around Victoria are smashing myths, and revealing #HomelessTruths. ​Homelessness is at crisis level in Victoria due to a lack of affordable housing. ​The Victorian Government must build more social housing so that people on low incomes aren’t forced into homelessness. ​Myths about homelessness put the blame on individuals instead of on the systemic drivers of homelessness. Myth 1: Most people become homeless because of drug and alcohol

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    Pool safety review raises concerns for renters

    Victoria’s specialist tenancy advice service, Tenants Victoria, has raised significant issues as part of the Victorian Government’s review of pool and spa safety laws. The review proposes new local council registration requirements, more inspections and safety modifications. The biggest issue identified was the widespread use of temporary pools during summer. Existing law requires all pools and spas to have safety barriers such as fencing and gates that comply with building regulations. This means that even

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    Introducing our new CEO

    The Board of Tenants Victoria is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Beveridge as its new Chief Executive Officer. Jennifer comes to Tenants Victoria from Eating Disorders Victoria where she was CEO from 2012. She has extensive not for profit leadership experience including in the health, youth and community development areas. In 2016 her achievements and experience were recognised with the award of a Churchill Fellowship to explore how innovation and collaboration improve outcomes

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    Public Housing Rent Reviews – What You Can Do

    The Director of Housing is reviewing market rate rents for public housing properties. If you have received a letter and a Notice of Rent Increase from the Director of Housing, you can ask Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) to assess the increase if you think it is too high. This is a free service. Tenants Victoria recommends you do this even if your rent is currently rebated as you might be required to pay the market

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    Case Win: Deplorable living conditions

    When the tenant arrived in Melbourne from New Zealand, she wasn’t sure what to expect from the city’s rental market. As a grandmother living on her own, she expected to be the sole occupant of her new unit. However, within a few hours of taking the keys for her ground floor unit, she realised that she wasn’t alone – she had several hundred fleas for company! The tenant contacted the property manager and requested that

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    Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.