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Tenants Victoria, February Issue, 2020

New Pet Laws to start 2 March 2020!

Tenants Victoria is excited to announce that new laws will be implemented that will make it easier for renters to have pets at their rental property.

From 2 March 2020 new renters can keep pets at their property as long as they have the concent of their rental provider (through the Pet Request Form). This permission cannot be unreasonably refused and can only be refused with approval from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

For more information on these pet laws and how they will affect your existing as well as future tenancy rights, read a detailed description of the new laws on our website.
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COVID-19 Coronavirus affecting Victorian tenants

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused some tenants to be unable to freely travel or to fulfill their contractual obligations. It has also given rise to potential discrimination and exploitation of the situation for financial gain.

International students are a tenancy group that is expected to be significantly affected by COVID-19 in the following months.

In order to assist affected tenants, Tenants Victoria has supplied information relevant to several potential COVID-19-related tenancy situations. To read more about how the COVID-19 may affect Victorian tenants, please follow the link below.
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Tenancy experts call for more housing, support and advice for vulnerable Victorians

Tenants Victoria is calling for a stronger response from all levels of government to prevent and reduce homelessness and housing insecurity.

Its submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Homelessness in Victoria inquiry highlighted the systematic issues causing homelessness to increase across the state.These included the diminishing availability of public housing, lack of alignment between public and community housing rules, lack of effective eviction prevention, lack of mental health support, failure to regulate private rooming houses and the difficulty of navigating VCAT to resolve housing issues.

Click below to read Tenants Victoria’s full submission on our submission page.
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Last chance to have a say about rental information access 

Tell us about how renters should be able to access information from the Commissioner for Residential Tenancies office, including changes to the Victorian Rental Act, rental issues and other areas of interest.

Click below to start the survey. Don’t miss your chance - the survey closes tonight, Friday 28 February at 11:59pm
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We're Hiring!

Tenants Victoria is currently seeking applications for 3 positions in our passionate, Fitzroy-based team. With the new Residential Tenancies Act due to be implemented from 1 July 2020, it’s an exciting time to join our team and help shape the future of Tenants Victoria as we support Victorian renters.

If you’re interested in joining the tenancy support centre that’s a driving force for tenants all around Victoria, check out the link below for a detailed description of our available vacancies.

Current Opportunities:
  • Director – Community Engagement
  • Evaluation and Impact Coordinator
  • Lawyer
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