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    Residential tenancies update – 31 March 2020

    purpose To provide consistent and timely updates to Victorian tenants on the developing response to COVID-19 as it impacts housing security. update While the health, policy and service provision responses are still changing, as at 31 March 2020 we understand that: The National Cabinet met on Sunday 29 March 2020 and agreed to a moratorium on evictions over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress who are unable to meet

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    Big promises but no details on residential evictions ban

    Tenants Victoria – Tuesday 31 March 2020 Victoria’s specialist tenancy legal service, Tenants Victoria, has welcomed statements by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews promising that Victoria’s two million renters would be safe from eviction due to financial difficulty during the COVID-19 health crisis. Housing and public health experts have described stable housing and the prevention of homelessness as a critical element in Victorian efforts to contain coronavirus. Every single Victorian who

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    No place for evictions in a national health crisis

    Media release Tuesday 17 March 2020   Victoria’s specialist tenancy legal service, Tenants Victoria, has contacted the Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister and Attorney General seeking special measures in rental housing to support social isolation and public safety. This would mean a temporary suspension on evictions during the COVID-19 national health crisis. Tenants Victoria CEO, Jennifer Beveridge, said she hoped that Minister Marlene Kairouz and Attorney General Jill Hennessy would take urgent action to keep people

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    Tenants Victoria welcomes changes to make it easier for renters to have pets

    Friday 28 February 2020 Tenants Victoria has welcomed changes starting next week aimed at making it easier for Victorian renters to have pets. It says the new changes will end the common practice of indiscriminate bans on pets in rental properties, but could leave renters in hot water if they don’t understand and follow the new rules. Tenants Victoria CEO, Jennifer Beveridge, said renters wanting pets have been waiting a long time and it is

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    Tenancy experts call for more housing, support and advice for vulnerable Victorians

    Victoria’s specialist tenancy legal service and peak body for renters, Tenants Victoria, is calling for a stronger response from all levels of government to prevent and reduce homelessness and housing insecurity. Its submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Homelessness in Victoria inquiry highlighted the systematic issues causing homelessness to increase across the state. These included the diminishing availability of public housing, lack of alignment between public and community housing rules, lack of effective eviction prevention, lack

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    Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.