A word from our CEO
In the COVID era, it’s been tough going for too many renters.
A year ago, the Victorian Government implemented the most protective legal framework for renters you can arguably find nationwide. Notably, the laws were conceived before the pandemic struck. Today, rent arrears are still the main cause for the issuing of ‘notices to vacate’ and subsequent evictions. Meanwhile, the tribunal meant to adjudicate most rental disputes, VCAT, is substantially backlogged.
'Minimum standards' for rented homes – such as the provision of a working toilet and the absence of mould – are now in place. Yet we know from inquiries to our advice lines that not all renters are aware of the new expectations and, more disturbingly, not all landlords are meeting the basics required of them.
Beyond the letter of the law, and in the pandemic's long shadow, much more work remains to embed and enforce rental law reforms in our community.
CEO, Tenants Victoria