Sign the Petition For A Better Deal For Renters

With more people renting than ever before – and for longer – it’s essential that we modernise and improve our rental laws.

Sign our petition to improve renters' rights.

Renters deserve stability, security, and decent living conditions. The NSW Government is currently reviewing our rental laws. We need to make sure that they are listening to renters and making changes that will give them a fair deal.

Find out what needs to change to improve renters' rights here.

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To the Minister for Fair Trading and the NSW Government

Renters in NSW deserve a better deal.

We need improved and modernised rental laws that recognise that more people are renting now than ever before, and for longer. All renters deserve stability, security, and decent living conditions.

We demand that you:

  • Put an end to ‘no grounds’ evictions that allow landlords to evict a tenant without giving any reason
  • Put a cap on the number of times rents can be increased each year
  • Limit the amount that rents can be increased by each year
  • Ensure that dodgy landlords aren’t able to shirk their responsibilities around maintenance and repairs
  • Give landlords incentives for sustainability measures like solar power and solar hot water that are good for the environment and reduce costs for renters
  • Help renters understand and enforce their rights by increasing funding to tenants’ advice and advocacy services

  • Tandarra Rothman
    signed 2016-07-14 16:44:36 +1000
  • Tracey Ahrens
    signed 2016-07-14 16:44:14 +1000
  • Joel Joslin
    signed 2016-07-14 16:44:06 +1000
    It’s very difficult to buy in Sydney. Many Sydneysiders buy investment properties in regional areas as a first home purchase, which means they continue to rent in Sydney when starting a family.
  • David Urquhart
    signed 2016-07-14 16:44:01 +1000
    I am 77 years old. I paid rent until I was 51 so, though I now own my home, I’m very aware of the difficulties and obstacles facing people caught on the renting treadmill. Apart from crippling rents being charged by landlords those who rent don’t have security of tenancy; are deprived of the joy and fulfillment of knowing that where one lives is home, rather than ‘where I live’.

    Waiting lists for accommodation in either public or community housing are growing exponentially, with the prospect of a dramatic increase in people regarding the street, couch surfing or sleeping in cars as ‘home’.

    The current situation is dire, disgraceful and, frankly, disgusting.
  • Caroline Grubb
    signed 2016-07-14 16:43:51 +1000
    “Pricey rent might not seem like that big of a deal, but it is. Housing accounts for the single largest expenditure for the bottom 90 percent of earners— which is pretty much everyone. While you may be able to scrape and skimp in order to decrease other bills like groceries, utilities, or extras like entertainment, housings costs are generally fixed—at least for a period of time. In other words: The more you’re burning on rent, the less there is for everything else.”

     
  • Ben Woods
    signed 2016-07-14 16:43:44 +1000
  • Megan Sampson
    signed 2016-07-14 16:43:17 +1000
  • Michael Davis
    signed 2016-07-14 16:42:56 +1000
    The Liberal State and Federal governments clearly care primarily for their rich backers, i.e. people who do not rent. It is time for right wing Liberal politicians to support all people in society, not just the rich.
  • Pasu Pasupathy
    signed 2016-07-14 16:41:20 +1000
    Australia should strive towards a sense of fair go and decency
  • Marianne Oxford
    signed 2016-07-14 16:40:51 +1000
    Renters need and deserve stability – we work hard for our money and deserve the same respect as anyone who is fortunate enough to own a home.
  • Jen Haynes
    signed 2016-07-14 16:40:12 +1000
  • Nayme Medina
    signed 2016-07-14 16:40:07 +1000
  • Luke Orrock
    signed 2016-07-14 16:39:59 +1000
  • Jon Singleton
    signed 2016-07-14 16:39:51 +1000
  • John Caley
    signed 2016-07-14 16:39:48 +1000
  • Anthony Lapaine
    signed 2016-07-14 16:37:58 +1000
  • Geoff Hadden
    signed 2016-07-14 16:37:18 +1000
  • Peter Ross
    signed 2016-07-14 16:36:14 +1000
    Renters need security of tenure and of fixed long term rents.
  • Angela Chang
    @angelachang2010 tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-14 16:35:51 +1000
    Sign the petition: We Demand A Better Deal For Renters http://www.jennyleong.org/better_deal_for_renters?recruiter_id=184331
  • Kevin Griffith
    signed 2016-07-14 16:35:34 +1000
    Clear penalties and procedures for all aspects. Repairs to be carried out promptly
  • Patricia Rovik
    signed 2016-07-14 16:35:31 +1000
    With a worsening situation where paid-for accommodation is concerned and less likelihood of people now owning their own homes, tenants’ rights are crucial!!!
  • Angela Chang
    signed 2016-07-14 16:35:27 +1000
  • Alice Kershaw
    signed 2016-07-14 16:34:37 +1000
    do not push renters around
  • Margot Pearson
    signed 2016-07-14 16:34:12 +1000
    We need much better protection for renters. As someone who has been both a renter and a landlord I am very aware of how much the system is weighted against renters.
  • Michael West
    signed 2016-07-14 16:33:49 +1000
    Renters, particularly long tern and aged renters, are often at the mercy of predatory landlords, who use threats of eviction to increase rents, and also to encourage compliance, since they know that older people are seeking stability and to be part of a local community. The “no grounds” eviction capability gives them a sense of power over their tenants.
  • Frank Formby
    signed 2016-07-14 16:33:03 +1000
    It’s obvious that renting will be a way of life for the majority of Australians. Accordingly, the interests of renters need to have equal weight to landlords. This is particularly the case in the big cities, unless we want poorly paid workers to live in slums and tenements with many people to a house or apartment. I have been a renter for a number of years and am also a landlord. I know first hand the deceptive and unfair tactics that landlords and real estate agents use to avoid their existing obligations. No doubt many renters are anxious not to make a fuss so that their record as renters is positive. So not only do the rules need to change but renters need to be able to challenge the assessments of real estate agents.
  • Zamira Ferreira
    signed 2016-07-14 16:31:31 +1000
    Let us have homes, not second rate “anything will do” cash cows
  • Damien Cassidy
    signed 2016-07-14 16:30:55 +1000
    As a renter who has an impeccable track record yet has been forced to move 5 times is as many years, I would like to see better provisions to give stability to renters through legislation. I have also experienced living 3 months without a working stove top and would like to see tighter legislation around repairs and maintenance as well as cos recovery. Life’s more expensive without a stove to cook on. There should also be more pet-friendly rentals. Being forced to move frequently is hard enough, let alone doing it with a pet.
  • Matthew Drake-Brockman
    signed 2016-07-14 16:30:17 +1000
  • Elaine Keenan
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-14 16:29:02 +1000
    Sign the petition: We Demand A Better Deal For Renters

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