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...
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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.
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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.
Report

The renter’s journey

This report considers the lived experience of Australians in private rental properties. It discusses the state of the rental housing market and suggests a framework for continuing research and policy development on housing.
Briefing paper

Climate, housing and health profiling: promoting housing quality to improve health and wellbeing

The links between poor housing quality and New Zealand’s high incidence of health-related fatality are well recognised. Each year more than 20 children are killed by respiratory diseases linked to unhealthy housing. Mortality is especially high among low-income Māori and Pacific families who live in...
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Technological disruption in private housing markets: the case of Airbnb

This study looks at how short-term letting (STL) platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway and Booking.com are reshaping housing opportunity in private markets. It analyses Airbnb listing data from Sydney and Melbourne to reveal insights into the extent STL is contributing to housing affordability issues and to...
Report

Planning responses to online short-term holiday rental platforms

This research project sought to identify appropriate planning responses to the rise of online platforms for short term holiday rental accommodation in coastal Australia.
Report

Methamphetamine contamination: Housing New Zealand’s response

This report discusses Housing New Zealand’s past approach to methamphetamine contamination in its properties.
Discussion paper

Healthy homes standards: discussion document

The healthy homes standards will set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, draught-stopping, drainage and the control of moisture in residential rental properties. This discussion paper has been released to seek public comment on the proposals.
Briefing paper

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018: Bill Brief

This Bill Brief provides an overview of the Bill, including a comprehensive background, an analysis of several key features of the Bill, and a comparison with other jurisdictions in Australia.
Discussion paper

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986: discussion document

The reform of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) aims to promote good-faith relationships in the renting environment, and to ensure there are appropriate protections in place for both tenants and landlords.
Report

Inquiry into the future of the private rental sector

This study focused on the Australian private rental sector including formal rules (policies and regulation); organisations and structures; and informal rules (social norms and practices), and reviewed the sector in ten countries.
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Private rental in transition: institutional change, technology and innovation in Australia

This research is a comprehensive analysis of the private rental sector (PRS) and explores the interplay between regulation, organisations and structures, and social norms and practices of prevailing policies. It also explores the impact of innovation and digital technology on the sector.