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A word from our CEO

On behalf of renters, we look forward to working with Daniel Andrews and his team after their victory. The weekend's state election confirms continuity but also presents real opportunity to seed new policy ideas. The Premier has declared that 'we are a thoughtful state, we are the centre of critical thinking, we are the centre of all the big ideas in our nations'.

We hope the 60th Parliament, as it takes shape, will help improve the position of Victorian renters, who are a growing demographic in the electorate – and continue to face many challenges amid the housing affordability and supply crisis.

Jennifer Beveridge 
CEO, Tenants Victoria

Hot topic: privacy and entry

Here's an interesting question from a renter. They got enough notice from the real estate agent for a routine inspection of their rented home, but the day before were informed that the landlord was coming with the agent. Is this allowed?

A: Yes, it is. It’s the landlord that has the right of entry – the agent is entering on their behalf. Meeting the landlord might be a positive of course, but we understand if there’s concern that they might view the rental only as their property, and not as the renter’s home.

Anyone entering your home must not stay any longer than is necessary for the purpose of their visit. See our page Privacy and Entry for more information.

New government should build on record

Congratulations to the Andrews Government on securing a third term in office. As the peak body for renters and running a legal service exclusively focused on supporting renters, we look forward to working with incoming ministers on key challenges affecting our state’s nearly 2 million renters. 

Spiralling rents remain a real cost-of-living pressure point for people on low to middle incomes. ANZ economists this week forecast that rents will continue to climb while the pool of available properties remains small by historic standards. Another source, the Rental Affordability Index released by our sector colleagues at National Shelter, paints a troubling picture, including for renters looking for homes in regional Victoria. 

Premier Daniel Andrews and his government built a record in supporting renters with the implementation of over 130 welcome reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and targeted financial supports for renters in the early phase of the pandemic. Building on these foundations, there is more scope for reform, including a ‘fairness formula’ to regulate future rent increases in the capricious private rental market.

Here at Tenants Victoria, we’ve identified 3 top priorities for the State Government to help renters in its new term.

Check them out on our website.

Our focus on western suburbs

Join us and learn about your rights as a renter!

Tenants Victoria invites you to a helpful online forum on 7 December for renters who live in the Wyndham local government area. Our expert lawyer will chat about these topics and more:

  • Tips to protect your bond when you move in
  • What to do if the landlord claims for compensation
  • Ways to get your bond back

We will also answer questions about the renting issues that affect you.
The online forum is on Wednesday 7 December 2022, 7pm to 8pm. Please register to attend here.

Tenants Victoria's forum is proudly supported by Wyndham City.

Event: 'Generation rent'

We're excited to have been invited to be part of the line up at the annual MPavilion series of public events held at the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the National Gallery of Victoria. Come along to our interactive 'open mic session' on March 11 next year. The event will be hosted by our Director of Community Engagement, Farah Farouque, who will be joined by journalist Jim Malo, who not only writes about renting but has lived in 12 rented homes to date.

Our event focuses on the stories of Melbourne renters – 'Generation Rent'. We will probe the past and future of renting in Melbourne, including how we forge meaningful connections with our neighbours and navigate the complexities of the renting lifestyle amid affordability challenges.

Read more about the event on MPavilion's event page

Do rent reforms tighten the rental market?

Researchers for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute report that, compared to renters in other countries, Australians have little legal security against rent rises and evictions. When state governments suggest stronger protection for renters, landlords and agents claim it will cause more exits from the sector overall, increasing pressure on tight rental markets.

The researchers found no evidence to support that claim, although there is a lot of ‘churn’ in and out of properties. They also say it might not be a bad thing if substantial reforms did cause less committed landlords to leave the sector. ‘As properties churn in and out of rental, renters are churned in and out of housing.’ 

Read the report.

Facebook Q&A

We're marking the first day of summer in our upcoming Facebook Q&A.

Jump on our Facebook page tomorrow (Thursday 1 December 2022) at 1pm for our all-about-renting chat featuring our expert tenancy lawyer Georga Wootton and our Director of Community Engagement Farah Farouque.

As always, we’ll dive into renting topics such as rent increases and privacy and entry, while also providing helpful information in response to your renting questions.

Tenancy referral

Our recent Tenancy Referral Project aims to improve the quality and efficiency of renter referrals and support for renters across Victoria. In response to issues of the ‘referral roundabout’ and ‘referral fatigue’ in our sector, we mapped the renter support sector, investigated the challenge of better coordination of referrals, and made recommendations about meeting those challenges.

We aim to contribute to a more efficient and collaborative sector that assists more renters, more effectively.

Read the report and recommendations: Tenancy Referral Project - Tenants Victoria.

Our grant win

Tenants Victoria has received a $328,000 grant from Victorian Legal Services to establish the Rental Minimum Standards and Repair Hub. The hub will be an online help tool and single point of contact for enquires about repairs to rental properties, as well as a compensation clinic for eligible renters.

The project aims to inform renters about their rights under Victoria’s legislated minimum standards for rentals, and to guide them on how to act on those rights to ensure rentals are safe and healthy homes.

Renters in the news

We contributed our views to several media outlets this month. Tech and tenancy, with the proliferation of third-party online platforms targeting renters, was the subject of a hard-hitting Guardian Australia report while The Age shone a light on a rare group of property investors choosing to let out homes to people below market rent.

Thanks to Melbourne renter Jill Ruchel, who agreed to talk about her circumstances in this ABC report on the national renter squeeze. 

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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