There are many logical and economic reasons to support better energy efficiency in housing especially for low income housing where standards sometimes verge on the appalling, but no, the government says no again. Pay up, you lowly renters. It’s status quo at the coal mine.
The Coalition has yet again shown that energy efficiency for low income households is far from down its priority list with its rejection of a bill to create tax concessions for energy efficiency measure in rental properties.
The proposal was that properties rented for $300 a week or less would quality for tax deduction of up to $2000 if the rent is $300 or less.
It was supported by a wide range of community and housing advocates, the Property Council of Australia, CRC for Low Carbon Living, Energy Efficiency Council and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
The Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving the Energy Efficiency of Rental Properties) Bill 2018 was proposed by Independent South Australian senator Tim Storer last year and a after a second reading was referred to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee’s inquiry committee, which rejected the proposal.
The committee, however, supported the broad aims of the bill and acknowledged that improved dwelling performance would lead to lower energy bills and also health and wellbeing benefits for tenants.
In its final report, released this week, it also acknowledged there are “serious inadequacies of the energy efficiency of rental properties”.
SOURCE: Willow Aliento. “Low Income Renters can Expect to keep Paying higher Bills and Suffer the Consequences as Bill is Defeated.” The Fifth Estate, 7 February 2019.
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