Rental housing law and legislation

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Report

Understanding discrimination effects in private rental housing

This research examines discrimination and existing policy, law and practice in Australia’s private rental sector, including the impact of informal tenancies and the increasing role of digital technologies.
Report

Pandemic pain: Victorian renters in lockdown

Tenants Victoria, the state's peak body for renters, surveyed renters about the financial impact of public-health lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, conducted immediately after Victoria's fifth lockdown in August 2021, found that 69% said they were financially impacted by lockdowns, while more than...
Report

Housing and housing assistance pathways with companion animals: risks, costs, benefits and opportunities

This study investigates the policy and regulatory settings that shape housing options available to households that own companion animals. It considers housing and housing assistance contexts nationally across tenures, sectors, emergency/crisis accommodation, and for diverse population groups receiving income and housing assistance support.
Report

Warm, cool and energy-affordable housing policy solutions for low-income renters

Energy hardship can include both absolute and relative measures of financial hardship, as well as circumstances where residents limit their energy use for normal daily activities. This research examines the incidence of energy hardship for Australian low income renters, and considered strategies and policy actions...
Commentary

Growing numbers of renters are trapped for years in homes they can’t afford

New evidence from the Productivity Commission shows almost half of “rent-burdened” private tenants are likely to remain stuck in this situation for at least half a decade.
Discussion paper

Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1999: discussion paper

The Northern Territory government is reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 to ensure that Territorians have more clarity around interactions between tenants and landlords. The Act has been operating for more than 18 years and no longer adequately reflects the shift in residential rental trends...
Report

No place like home

This report details exploitative practices that international students encounter in Sydney’s informal housing market, both when finding housing and as tenants. The report finds that in this under-regulated space, landlords take advantage of international students’ vulnerability and their lack of knowledge of local conditions and...
Position paper

Policy priorities for the next Australian government: housing and homelessness

Australia's peak body for social services has released its housing and homelessness services election policy priorities. It is calling for an increase to funding for homelessness services and affordable housing.
Guide

A tenant's guide to the NSW election

The Tenants' Union has produced this guide as an educative resource for people considering housing issues at the election. They have compared key tenant demographic stats for each electorate, as well as conduct a survey of parties.
Submission

Council to Homeless Persons pre-budget submission 2019–2020

This submission calls for increased funding and actions from the Victorian government to improve access to housing and address homelessness in the state.