Report also shows 44% of people who rent are afraid a repair request could get them evicted.
New research from leading consumer and tenancy groups (CHOICE, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenant Organisations (NATO)) show that Australians who rent are living in fear of eviction and rent rises.
The report ‘DISRUPTED: The consumer experience of renting in Australia’ surveyed Australians who rent and found:
- 51% of people who rent are currently living in a home that needs repairs.
- 68% of Australians who rent are concerned that a request for repairs could mean a rent increase and 44% are concerned a request for repairs could get them evicted from their homes.
- Nearly 1 in 10 had previously been evicted “without grounds” and nearly 1 in 10 fear they’ll be forced to leave their homes in the next 12 months.
Given the significant fears from Australians about retaliatory “no-grounds” evictions, the report calls for a nationwide ban on the practice:
“Banning no-grounds eviction across Australia would provide more secure housing for Australians who rent. Let’s ensure Australians who rent have the security they need to create homes, build lives and raise families” (pg 19)
The groups are launching the report at Parliament House in Canberra.
Quotes attributable to Adrian Pisarski, Executive Officer of National Shelter:
“This new research shows that there’s a major problem with the quality of our homes. 51% of Australians who rent are living in homes that need repairs is unacceptable and we need leadership to turn this around. Property lobbyists fight reform every step of the way, but good regulation helps everyone. Let’s support good landlords by bringing everyone up to their standard. We need a coordinated approach to rental standards, so we can make the relationship between people who rent and those who rent to us a positive one.”
SOURCE: Media Release: “Half of Australians who rent are in homes that need repairs: new report.” CHOICE, 2018.
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