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End-of-year reflection

No less than the Reserve Bank of Australia board has predicted that 'further large increases in rents' are expected over coming years as population growth picks up.

Right now, far too many Victorian renters face a shortage of affordable and available rental homes. This is a systemic challenge, stemming from our flawed housing system and exacerbated by the uniquely disruptive circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The time is ripe for the Victorian Government to undertake a public consultation, including both renters and landlords, with the goal of legislating a ‘fairness formula’ to regulate future rent increases in the private rental market.

Our New Year resolution is clear: we will advocate strongly on this and other issues in 2023 on behalf of the growing renter demographic.

Meanwhile, stay safe and well over the holidays – our office finishes up on 22 December to enable our staff to refresh. We resume our services on 9 January.

Season's greetings to all – and merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah to those celebrating!

Jennifer Beveridge
CEO, Tenants Victoria

Get ready for summer

Summer has finally arrived! If your rental home has an air-conditioner, this is the time to check if it is working properly. If it is faulty, report it to the landlord ASAP.

Air-conditioning is an urgent repair under Victoria’s rental laws, and urgent repairs need to be done as soon as possible. Find out more about ACs and other summer preparations on our website. 

Shock jock rebuffed

Amid a tight rental market, it's been an action-packed month for us all at Tenants Victoria. 

And then Tenants Victoria’s community education lawyer Ben Cording had to set a flummoxed 3AW radio host Tom Elliott straight on some pretty basic rental rules. Catch up with their on-air exchange about ‘rental bidding’, which is illegal in our state.

We think the verdict is clear: Tenants Victoria 1 v Tom Elliott 0.

New parliament, new opportunities

In its third term, the Andrews Government has established a Department of Government Services that includes the renting regulator Consumer Affairs Victoria. CAV was previously in the Department of Justice and Community Safety and is a funder of our legal advice and grassroots community-education work. We are pleased to see Danny Pearson appointed as the new Consumer Affairs Minister after his recent stint in the housing portfolio. Mr Pearson also continues as Assistant Treasurer and will also be responsible for the new government services department, which commences operation on 1 January, 

Congratulations also to Colin Brooks, who is the new Housing Minister with the portfolio continuing to be supported by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, which includes Homes Victoria, the entity responsible for managing and expanding social housing. Meanwhile, Sheena Watt continues as the Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Jaclyn Symes remains in cabinet as Attorney-General. 

Join us: Facebook rental chat

Catch up on our latest Facebook Q&A with a focus on renting in summer.

In this lively chat, Tenants Victoria lawyer Georga Wootton and Director of Community Engagement Farah Farouque talk about the challenges renters face right now over how to deal with notices about rent increases. We tackle some sticky questions that renters sent in, including an intriguing one about a locked room under a staircase in someone’s rented home – and, no, Harry Potter wasn’t sleeping there! 🧙‍♀️

We also covered topics such as:

  • Cooling your house
  • Urgent repairs
  • Pests and fly screens

Watch our Facebook Q&A chat.

Demystify the law

Are you connected to a multicultural group, community organisation, library or educational institution that wants people to be better informed about renting rights and responsibilities? Tenants Victoria's experienced team – (clockwise from top left) Ben Cording, Aguer Athian, Rowena Hasbury and Alan Loow – offer a range of practical training sessions to help demystify Victoria's rental rules for different audiences.

To explore your options for convening a session with us in 2023, please email your inquiry to:

Renters in the news

In a article on a renter waiting 2 years to get the bond back, our Director of Client Services Agata Wierzbowski said renters repeatedly contacted Tenants Victoria with similar problems.

ABC News reported on renters in social housing waiting for repairs for mould and other problems. Our CEO Jennifer Beveridge called on the government to develop a ‘fairness formula’ to regulate rent rises in a Herald Sun report that said the rental crisis will worsen in 2023.

Pandemic & housing

Professors Cameron Parsell and Hal Pawson say that the pandemic, and the risks it has thrown up, have pushed people to recognise all the more starkly that their housing plays a key role in how they would like to live.

In an article in the Housing Studies journal they say some people have witnessed appreciation in their housing wealth, while others have grappled with stark challenges in accessing or retaining their own affordable housing through the crisis.

Read the article.

New housing council

Property industry figure Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz has been tapped to lead the Albanese Government’s National Housing Supply and Affordability Council.

Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz is currently CEO of Mirvac Group. Read the media release via Treasury and catch up on other appointees to the interim council.


Our annual report

In case you missed it … check out our recently published annual report for 2021-22 to see how Tenants Victoria helped people across Victoria.

The pandemic’s public-health restrictions eased, while renters faced a crisis of rental housing affordability and supply. 

Read our annual report.


Contact us

Visit our website to find answers to many questions – it’s a free community resource for renters.

Our phone advice line and email advice service finish up on Thursday 22 December for the holidays and resume on Monday 9 January.

For urgent legal advice over this period phone Legal Help on 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm, except public holidays.


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