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 us will be to consult with CAV as they develop the regulations and other information to go with the Act. This will include a list of the health, safety and energy efficiency standards that all rental properties will be required to meet, and what minor modifications tenants will be able to undertake without written permission.
Make Renting Fair has developed a survey to help us better understand some of the top priorities of both renters and landlord in relation to these regulations. The survey closed on Friday, 7 December. All responses will be kept confidential.
Our policy staff have teamed up with the team at the Victorian Public Tenants Association (VPTA) to work with DHHS on ensuring that public housing tenants are kept safe and informed as open-flue gas heaters are removed and replaced in thousands of dwellings across the state. We have published a new page on the Tenants Victoria website with more information about gas heaters for both public and private tenants.
Our Outreach service continues their work with some of the state’s most vulnerable residents living in rooming houses and caravan parks. Outreach has teamed up with our Legal Services team to provide assistance and support to these residents and ensure that dodgy operators are brought to the attention of Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV). The challenges faced by these residents are heartbreaking. You can read one brave woman’s story and how our team was able to assist her here.