Category Archives: Public Housing

    Your last chance to influence Victoria’s new rental laws

    The Victorian Government has released the Regulatory Impact Statement and draft regulations for its new rental laws.

    See www.engage.vic.gov.au/rentingregulations for more information.

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    Public Housing Renewal Program

    The State Government has responded to questions about the $185 million redevelopment of public housing properties underway in metropolitan Melbourne. The Public Housing Renewal Program announced in December 2016, will redevelop 1100 low-rise properties on nine sites in Brunswick, North Melbourne, Heidelberg West, Clifton Hill, Brighton, Prahran, Hawthorn, Northcote and Ascot Vale. Under the scheme replacement housing will be a mix of apartments and townhouses with improved energy efficiency and an increase of at least

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    Debt trap ending for public housing tenants

    Tenants Victoria welcomes an end to debt-based discrimination for public housing applicants. Former tenants with outstanding debts for maintenance or other arrears are no longer ineligible for offers of public housing, according to the updated Public Housing Allocations Operational Guidelines. The DHHS are now required to review outstanding DHHS debt with prospective tenants and make sure the debt has been calculated correctly. DHHS officers have also been given greater discretion to waive outstanding debts.

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    Message from the CEO: Great to see housing in the spotlight

    It has been refreshing to see housing become a major focus for the State Government and media alike in recent months. This is a welcome development to those of us in the housing and community sector who have been working so hard for so long to inspire positive change. More importantly, it is a boon to so many public and private renters who need to know they’re not second-class citizens. With this renewed attention comes

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    Inquiry into biotoxin-related illnesses in Australia

    One of the most common issues Tenants Victoria is contacted about is mould.  These queries tend to increase during the colder months of the year as increased humidity wreak havoc on many buildings. According to a survey conducted by CHOICE and the National Association of Tenancy Organisations last year, 20% of renters said they have experienced mould growth in their homes that was difficult to remove or reappeared.  The survey also found that 21% of

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    Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.