News: New survey uncovers widespread fear and anxiety in Australia's private rental market

Published in the SMH, Thursday 16 February 2017

At first it was just a bit of mould in the bathroom. But when repeated attempts to remove it failed, Lara Cook's real estate agent told her she would have to move out of her rented apartment in Coogee for four weeks while the bathroom was remodelled.

At considerable cost, she did. Upon her return she stepped in the shower – and the water pipe burst. The real estate agent told her the apartment was uninhabitable and she would have to vacate.

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News: Smart money moves for flatmates to avoid share-house hell

Published in the SMH, 10 February 2017

Furniture going begging on the kerbside and no car to get it home? Not a problem. When you're a group of five 19-year-olds who have just moved into a share house, you just wheel it home on your skateboards.

"Our lounge is fully furnished and we didn't pay a cent for any of it," says Harry Gregg, a political economy student. Signing a lease in December came in handy too. "My Christmas present I got nothing but a fridge; someone else got a washing machine."

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News: Tenants pushing to prohibit 'no pets' clause on rental leases

Published by ABC Online, 10 February 2017

It used to be children who were forced to ask adults for a pet in the home, but for millions of Australians, it is still a frustrating reality.

Those who rent often find themselves pleading and making promises before they can get a cat or a dog.

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News: Sydney’s one-bedroom apartment rents squeezing singles into sharehouses

Published at SMH Domain, 2 February 2017

Despite Sydney’s rentals being the smallest in the country, singles are being squeezed into house-sharing arrangements due to sky-high rents, new data shows.

The cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment in Sydney’s CBD is now $645 a week, a room-by-room breakdown of rental advertisements by tenant advocacy company Don’t Rent Me found.

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News: Sydney rental prices climbing due to new apartments flooding market, tenants' union says

Published by ABC Online, 1 February 2017

New apartments flooding the market in Sydney are actually driving up rent in some areas, according to the latest report from the New South Wales Tenants' Union.

The union's Rent Tracker report, which analyses rental bond data, shows the price for new leases rose about 4 per cent across Sydney in the year to September.

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News: Tenants 'desperate to buy' but prices and rents rising faster than incomes, data shows

Published at SMH Domain, 29 January 2017

Sydney house prices have grown at twice the rate of incomes over the past 20 years, leaving today’s first home buyers in a near-impossible situation, experts say.

But it’s another part of the housing affordability equation – rent increases – that policymakers are being urged to look at.

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Media Release: Everyone has right to a home – time to scrap generous tax breaks

Every single major housing market in Australia is ‘severely unaffordable’ according to the latest Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Sydney is second on the list of the most severely unaffordable housing markets in the world.

Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW housing spokesperson Jenny Leong say it is absurd that both federal and state governments insist that they can tackle housing affordability without making any changes to unfair tax structures like negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts that favour investors.

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Ending 'no grounds' evictions key to rental law reform

One of the biggest issues for renters in New South Wales is a lack of stability. While rental laws in other countries have been set up to provide long term security for tenants, in NSW many renters don't know where they'll be living from year to year.

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News: Rising house prices call for an urge to preserve security for renters

Published in City News, 4 January 2017

Despite predictions earlier last year that house prices would drop making the rental market more tenant friendly, renters continue to face uncertainty surrounding their leases.

Greens MP and Spokesperson for rental issues, Jenny Leong, wants to end ‘no grounds evictions.’ Under current laws, landlords can kick out renters without providing a reason. Ms Leong is campaigning for critical reforms to ensure this is stopped.

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News: Rental housing policies trap children in poverty, so how low will we go?

Published in The Conversation, 22 December 2016

This year Australians have been shocked by evidence about the risks to children in some out-of-home care settings.

We also learned that women and children comprise a large proportion of Australia’s homeless population. What we know far less about is how some of Australia’s most vulnerable children fare in what our analysis shows is the fastest-growing part of our mainstream housing system: private rental.

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