Over­haul of rental laws

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

VIC­TO­RI­ANS are be­ing asked to have their say on pos­si­ble changes to the rules around rent­ing prop­er­ties, as part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s over­haul of the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Act.

The pro­posed changes have been de­vel­oped fol­low­ing 331 writ­ten re­sponses to the Fairer Safer Hous­ing dis­cus­sion pa­pers and 3500 con­tri­bu­tions to fo­rums and quick polls.

The gov­ern­ment is seek­ing feed­back on a range of op­tions in­clud­ing:

fa­cil­i­tat­ing fixed term leases of longer than five years;

re­strict­ing rental in­creases to once per year; ban­ning rental bids; in­tro­duc­ing min­i­mum health and safety stan­dards for rental prop­er­ties;

im­prov­ing in­cen­tives for land­lords to make re­pairs quickly, such as re­stric­tions on charg­ing mar­ket rent;

in­tro­duc­ing a me­di­a­tion ser­vice with pow­ers to make bind­ing de­ci­sions;

re­quir­ing no­tices to va­cate to be ac­com­pa­nied by sup­port­ing ev­i­dence;

re­quir­ing tenants to have land­lord con­sent be­fore list­ing a prop­erty on Airbnb or sim­i­lar sites;

al­low­ing tenants who are vic­tims of fam­ily vi­o­lence to chal­lenge no­tices to va­cate if given as a re­sult of con­duct by a per­pe­tra­tor; and

ban­ning un­rea­son­able ‘no pets’ clauses in ten­ancy agree­ments.

Sub­mis­sions close on Fe­bru­ary 10.

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