QCOSS is proud to be one of the 12 community-based organisations launching the ‘Make Renting Fair’ campaign today (25 October 2018). The campaign, launched by the Make Renting Fair Alliance, gives a voice and calls for better protections to all people living in rental properties, particularly for people who are experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage in Queensland.
The campaign, launched in response to the State Government’s Open Doors to Rent Reform public consultation, calls for specific law reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act. These include preventing ‘no grounds’ evictions, restricting rent increases to once per year and requiring the owner to justify any increase 20% greater than CPI, and making it easier for renters to retrieve their bond when moving.
This comes off the back of 2016 census data showing an increasing number of people in Queensland renting their homes rather than owning them, with the electorates of Brisbane Central (53.2%), South Brisbane (52%) and Woodridge (50.8%) being the three highest rental suburbs in Queensland.
“It is a fundamental right of every person in Queensland to have access to an affordable, safe and secure place to live,” QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said.
“With the increasing number of people renting in Queensland, we need to act now to ensure tenants’ rights are protected.”
“Reforms need to address power imbalances between landlords and tenants to make rental properties a home, make renting fair and making renting affordable,” Mr Henley said.
Along with QCOSS, the broad range of organisations who are part of the Make Renting Fair Alliance includes Tenants Queensland, Community Legal Centres Queensland, Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre, LawRight, Community Plus, Queensland Youth Housing Coalition, Youth Affairs Network of Queensland, QShelter, Mission Australia, Hervey Bay Neigbourhood Centre, and the Brisbane Renters Alliance. The Alliance is committed to creating a society where renting is a secure and respected housing tenure.
The campaign mirrors other successful campaigns in Victoria and New South Wales.
QCOSS’ Housing Position Statement, released in August this year, has a specific section on empowering renters and highlights similar issues to the campaign.
For more information on Make Renting Fair Queensland or to share your rental story visit www.makerentingfairqld.org.au