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Victorian Public Housing Renewal Program

Posted by Devon LaSalle on  March 8, 2018

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Category: Public Housing
Last year, the Victorian Government announced the renewal of public housing sites in nine sought-after locations across Melbourne: Brunswick West, North Melbourne, Heidelberg Heights, Clifton Hill, Brighton, Prahran, Hawthorn, Northcote and Ascot Vale. The renewal of these sites has been largely welcomed, as many of these properties have not been upgraded for many years and had inadequate living conditions. At the same time, there had been an initial lack of clarity and transparency which has

Outreach providing vital service to state’s most vulnerable tenants

Posted by Devon LaSalle on  March 8, 2018

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The Tenants Victoria Outreach Program has been in operation for 10 years, providing a vital pathway to tenancy advice and advocacy services for some of the state’s most vulnerable tenants residing in rooming houses and caravan parks. Services provided by Outreach play a vital role in supporting residents through difficult circumstances and situations.  These residents are very likely to suffer from housing stress due to low or unstable income, complex physical and mental health needs

Case Win: Better outcome for tenant’s family violence case

Posted by Devon LaSalle on  March 8, 2018

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Category: Case Win
Our client was a young Aboriginal woman who was referred to the Tenants Victoria Legal Service by a support service.  She had sought refuge from this service after fleeing her public housing premises because of domestic violence committed by her ex-partner over 3+ years.  After fleeing, the client’s children were removed from her because of the severe mental and physical violence that had been inflicted on her, and she was hospitalised. The ex-partner continued to

Systemic issues with Office of Housing maintenance debts recognised by Victorian Ombudsman

Posted by Devon LaSalle on  October 31, 2017

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Category: Public Housing
Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass published a report this week detailing findings of systemic issues with how maintenance claims against public tenants are handled by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). According to a media release distributed by the Ombudsman on Monday, the damning report uncovered several issues that prove DHHS was “failing to live up to its commitment as a ‘social landlord’ and wasting public resources through its inept management claims at the

‘Rental fairness package’ a great first step, but more can be done

Posted by Devon LaSalle on  October 8, 2017

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Category: Make Renting Fair
On 8 October, the Andrews Labor Government announced that it would ‘make renting fair, with an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms‘.  The 14-point package includes a variety of reforms pertaining to rental security and tenants’ rights including: A ban on 120 day ‘no specified reason’ eviction notices Pre-contractual disclosure of issues that might affect a tenancy such as asbestos Longer fixed-term leases Creation of a landlord and agent ‘blacklist’ A crackdown on rental bidding, including
Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.