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A word from our CEO

Our community organisation was formed by activist renters nearly 50 years ago. We remain a proudly grassroots organisation – and that means centring the voices and experiences of renters. After pandemic disruptions, this month our new Renter Advisory Group met for the first time. Their insights, along with the experiences of renters who seek help from our frontline services, informs our advocacy amid the ongoing rental affordability crisis. 

If you also have an experience to share, please consider confidentially sharing it with us.  There is strength in the growing number of renters – and the stories they tell. 

Jennifer Beveridge 
CEO, Tenants Victoria

Lights, camera, action!

We’ve just released five short videos – we like to call them ‘two-minute movies’. They feature renters ­relating their experiences – in their own words – of dealing with a variety of tenancy legal challenges. The five volunteers who star in the videos are all renters who have recently interacted with Tenants Victoria and tapped into our online self-help information to resolve their problems. 

Our storytelling approach – to encourage even more people to use our website for help – has been generously backed by a grant from the Victoria Law Foundation. We are so appreciative of the renters who shared their personal stories – and welcomed us into their homes – to complete this creative project.

View all of the videos on Tenants Victoria's YouTube channel.

Watch Nazha's story below. On YouTube you can also watch this video with Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic, and Chinese subtitles.

Nazha's story

Nazha found mould in her new rental property when she was about to move in. She searched on Google for information on how to break the lease and found helpful information on the Tenants Victoria website. Watch her story.

Leading economist speaks up for renters

‘I wouldn’t like to be in the shoes of the 70-year-old pensioner living in a small town, who told Tenants Victoria she had to work two days a week to afford the ever-increasing rent on a granny flat in an old house.’

Leading economics commentator Ross Gittins is speaking up – loudly – for renters. Check out his recent column in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and on his website, where he argues that the more policies favour homeowners, the more we disadvantage renters.

Do I have to keep the power on?

Q: My landlord wants me to keep the electricity on after I have moved out. Can they do this?

Some renters tell us that their agents or landlords want them to leave utilities such as electricity connected after they have moved out, so that it’s on for the final inspection or to show the property to new renters.

A: You do not need to do this. You should arrange in advance for the utilities to be disconnected on your move-out date. Otherwise, you could end up with a bill that includes charges from after you left. Find out more on our website’s Moving out page.

Multicultural forum

We're hosting a helpful online forum on renters' rights targeted at renters who are new arrivals or whose first language is not English. Guided by expert lawyer Ben Cording, the topics for our October session include:

  • What your rights are if your landlord wants to increase the rent
  • How to challenge a rent increase

The forum, in partnership with the Victorian Multicultural Commission, is on Tuesday 11 October 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please register via our Zoom form.

Renters unite!

Did you know the first Monday every October is International Tenants’ Day?

Tenants Victoria is getting into the spirit this year with a short Facebook broadcast where we outline renters’ rights and responsibilities when forming share houses in our state.

Join us on our Facebook page at 4pm on Monday 1 October for the lively chat with lawyer Georga Wootton, who will join our Director of Community Engagement Farah Farouque.


National nightmare?

In a thought-provoking speech, ‘The Great Australian Nightmare’, the Grattan Institute’s Brendan Coates probes how expensive housing is at the heart of some of our nation’s urgent policy challenges.

He suggests ‘Mum and Dad’ investors also often make ‘terrible landlords’. ‘With such small portfolios, landlords prefer shorter leases and relaxed tenancy laws in case the relationship with the tenant turns sour, or they want to sell the property (which often results in the tenant having to leave against their wishes).’

Read here: The Great Australian Nightmare - Grattan Institute


In media this month, Director of Community Engagement Farah Farouque shared insights from our service with Domain about how rent increases were particularly impacting tenants on low and middle incomes.

‘Worse before it gets better’: Renters face stiff competition for homes (

Contact us

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

Our client services team answers renters’ questions via phone and email.

Our phone advice line is open on weekdays, 9.30am-1.30pm. Get in touch via our Contact us page – we will respond as soon as possible. We thank everyone for their patience as we are experiencing very high demand.


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