Everyone deserves a home that is safe, stable, and affordable.
All renters can afford to pay their rent without worrying that it will mean they go without other life essentials. Nobody should be forced to choose between keeping a roof over their head or putting food on the table.
In NSW, the rules allow landlords to set rents at levels that are unaffordable for many renters forcing them to make impossible choices. We think this can and should change – do you?
Stable and secure homes
All renters can live in a stable, secure home, without fear of unfair eviction. At the moment, renting laws in NSW allow landlords to evict renters for no reason (‘no grounds’). This means a landlord can evict for discriminatory reasons or in retaliation because a renter asserted their rights. And renters aren’t really able to challenge the eviction to test whether the reason is fair.
This isn’t legal in most jurisdictions around the world. We need to end ‘no grounds’ evictions in NSW to Make Renting Fair.
Safe and healthy homes
All renters can live in a healthy home that meets their accessibility needs. Everyone needs a home that can keep them safe and healthy, that they can live and move about in without barriers. Unfortunately, many NSW renters live in homes that don’t meet their accessibility needs. And far too many landlords fail to properly maintain the standards of the properties that they rent out.
Renters also are more likely to live in homes so energy inefficient they are cold and damp in winter, and sweltering hot in summer. This can have a big impact on renters’ health and wellbeing.
Feels like home
All renters should be able to make simple choices to make the house they live in a home.
A rental is not just a landlord’s investment property, it’s a person or family’s home. Homes are special, and so much more than just a roof and four walls.
All people should be able to make straightforward choices to make the house they live in a home, including whether they can adopt a pet.