Changes to rental laws – are they fair?
The Andrews government has announced it plans to change the law on renting homes to impose more requirements on landlords and give greater rights to tenants.
Landlords will be required to fit deadlocks, and tenants will be allowed to keep pets and make minor changes to properties without the permission of their landlord. Rent increases will also be restricted.
Rental laws should be fair to both tenants and landlords. If the laws are unfair to tenants, tenants risk living in poor accommodation and with uncertainty about the future. If the laws are unfair to landlords, people will stop owning properties to rent out, and it will be harder and more expensive for tenants to find properties to rent.
The changes to the law announced by the government are controversial. If you have a view about them, let me or your local MP know what you think before these proposed laws are voted on in Parliament.