Victoria

Issues Paper released as part of Victorian Government review of rental laws

THE Victorian Government has called on the community to help shape Victoria's rental laws relating to length of leases, terminations, and rent increases, following the release of a new Issues Paper.

The 'Security of Tenure' Issues Paper, which was released last week by Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett, forms part of a review of Victoria's rental laws announced in June and will help inform the government's Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing.

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Above: House / 'Shadows' / by Bill Lane.

Ms Garrett said the Issues Paper explores ways of improving security of tenure, including leases of up to ten years. It examines the factors which contribute to stable tenancies, including current renting laws, and the challenges faced by those who want more secure tenancies.

"More and more people, from young adults to older Victorians, are choosing to rent. We need to bring our rental laws up to date, so that they reflect what we need," Ms Garrett said.

"This review will help us understand the challenges that renters and landlords face while identifying ways to improve the current laws, so that people can feel more secure in their homes and lives."

Ms Garrett said the government is seeking input from all Victorians that will help to strike a fairer balance between the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords.

More information is available from the Victorian Government's Fairer Safer Housing website at <http://fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/>.

Photo: House / 'Shadows' / Bill Lane / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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