Stop the war on tenancies

Changes to tenancy law immediately affect both property owners and tenants. In our view, 10 years of tenancy tinkering have made matters worse for everyone involved with tenancies, both owners and tenants.

Stop the War on Tenancies was formed for two reasons:

  1. To warn about big changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that will reduce the control that owners will have over their property and make it more difficult for renters to find a home.
  2. To show that the extra standards required for insulation, heating, ventilation, draught-proofing, and water-tightness, that will cost around $7000 per property, are proceeding against official advice and have nothing to do with health.

Submissions called on two discussion documents are detailed under the buttons at the top of this page which say “Tenancy reform” and “Rental property standards”.

  1. Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 seeks wide limits on the ability of property owners to manage tenancies. Contact your MP and ask him or her to vote against these changes.
  2. Healthy Homes Standards have imposed costly and largely unneccessary standards on insulation, heating, ventilation, and water-tightness, and these requirement are driving up rents and causing owners to sell.

If a property owner loses the ability to end a tenancy, the first to suffer is the neighbour of a property occupied by violent, intimidating people.

If an owner is forced into needless and wasteful extra spending on insulation, heating, ventilation, draught-proofing, and water-tightness, these costs will be passed on to tenants.

The person responsible for this tinkering is the Labour Government’s former Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford.

Our suggestions have been ignored. These proposals are proceeding. You will know who not to vote for in the next election.

Are you ready to support us?


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