Exert from Council to homeless Persons newsletter - 23 Feb 2017
The first national survey of tenants has revealed renters in Australia have little security, are living in poor quality homes, experience discrimination based on their income, age, parental status and are fearful of reprisal if they request repairs and maintenance. Unsettled: Life in Australia's Private Rental Market, was produced by consumer group Choice, the National Shelter and the National Association of Tenant Organisations. The survey generated enormous media coverage and prompted many renters to share their horror stories using the #rentinoz hashtag. Last year Victorian homelessness services had 35,000 renters come to them for help. Our sector bears the burden of a broken rental market, with vulnerable people increasingly pushed into substandard properties, or unable to find a property they can afford, and this survey confirms what we've long known.