Renters are four times more likely than homeowners to struggle with the summer heat, according to a new report from tenant organisation Better Renting.Read more
Better Renting made a submission regarding Queensland's proposed updates to rental legislation.
The submission covered:
- Minimum housing standards,
- Renting with pets,
- Ending tenancies fairly,
- Minor modifications, and
- Domestic and family violence.
Better Renting made a submission regarding Victoria's proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020.
The submission responded primarily to minimum standards for rental housing, and also proposed prescribed questions in the application process.
When it comes to standards for rental properties, it safe to say that the Queensland Government proposes to do the minimum. This is in contrast to their leadership on ending unfair evictions.
Before we get into the detail of what is proposed and what is lacking, let’s pause and understand why minimum standards matter.Read more
This report estimates the annual number of cold-related deaths in the ACT caused by low-quality housing. By comparing temperature data with statistics on monthly deaths for the period 2009-17, we estimate annual cold-related mortality at 140 deaths, based on current population. Conservatively, we attribute 30% of these deaths to cold housing, indicating that 42 cold weather deaths are linked to cold housing in particular. The people most affected are low-income renters aged 65 and above.Read more
Rental properties are almost ten times more likely than properties for sale to have the minimum energy efficiency rating, according to a new report from advocacy organisation Better Renting.
The report reviewed over 19,000 real estate advertisements and found that over two in five rental property energy efficiency ratings were 0, compared to less than one in twenty ratings for properties for sale. The report builds upon a similar analysis conducted by Better Renting in April of 2018, which reviewed a smaller number of advertisements.Read more