EXTRACT from an article by Farrah Tomazin
Landlords will find it harder to increase rent or kick out tenants under contentious new reforms designed to make renting fairer.
With more than one in four Victorians now renting a home, the Andrews government will on Sunday unveil a raft of changes giving tenants more rights while cracking down on unscrupulous landlords.
Under the plan, agents will be required to advertise properties using a single price – rather than a range – and landlords will be restricted to increasing rent once every year instead of every six months.
They will also need a reason to end a tenancy – with the government scrapping the 120-day “no specified reason” notice to vacate – and will not be allowed to unreasonably refuse a tenants’ request to keep pets or make minor modifications, such as installing airconditioning or picture hooks …
Nicole Rees, senior manager of public policy for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, said the government’s measures would have a “real and significant impact” on tenants, many of whom “are renting for the long haul now – and many will be renting for the rest of their lives”.
“While it wouldn’t solve the broader problem of housing affordability, she said, “it will remove some of the stress and give renters a greater sense of security and confidence”… (Continues …)
SOURCE: Tomazin, Farrah. “Landlords Face Crackdown as Government Moves to Make Renting Fairer.” The Age, 8 October 2017.
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