03 October 2018
The government undermined much of its great new tenant protections that improve standards for rental properties and limit rent increases to one a year because it refused to remove no-grounds evictions. Evicting tenants for “no reason” hides unlawful retaliation against renters who pursue their rights for example to get repairs.
I was also disappointed that share-house renters without a written lease continue to be excluded from protections, leaving them vulnerable to eviction without notice and loss of bond and belongings. Threat of amendments to remove no-grounds evictions in the Legislative Council have resulted in the bill being referred to a committee however it will still likely go to vote mid-October. During debate on the bill, I spoke in favour of new measures that will help victims of domestic violence end their leases immediately to escape perpetrators. My speech: HERE