The Make Renting Fair campaign has been gaining momentum as we continue to advocate for much-needed tenancy law reforms in WA.
This month we've been focusing on the impact of no reason evictions, and have released a huge report on preliminary findings coming in from our 2022 Renters Survey on the impact of WA's unfair eviction laws and in particular, the way renters feel too scared assert their rights for things like repairs, maintenance and even privacy.
We found, based on over 200 responses so far, that:
These survey results reaffirm why it is so important we have stronger tenancy protections for renters in WA. These results will unfortunately be unsurprising to the majority of West Australians, as a community we are well aware of the significant disadvantage renters face in finding and maintaining secure accommodation, overwhelmingly through no fault of their own.
As Alice Pennycott, Principal Lawyer, Tenancy, Circle Green said,
“These stories from members of our community highlight the complete imbalance of power between tenants and investors, and they paint a clear picture of people suffering in silence, in properties with significant repair issues, health and safety concerns, and egregious breaches of their privacy, because the alternative is being made homeless without any recourse.”
“The absence of minimum standards combined with extremely insecure tenure is resulting in an overwhelming number of renters too scared to assert their right to a home that is in a reasonable state of repair. This has to change”.
“The stories are not just from a small number of transient renters on their way through to home ownership - these are Western Australian families with young children, retirees, people with disability; all of whom are likely to be renting for a significant period and in many cases, renting for life.”
“We knew maintenance and repair issues were a huge problem for renters, but didn’t know just how bad it was - these results show two thirds of renters are having problems with leaks, dampness or mould, and one in three are having issues with hot water in their current rental. If we extrapolate these findings to all WA renters it literally means hundreds of thousands of renters are living in substandard conditions – and they’re too afraid to ask to get it fixed for fear of eviction.”
“So long as our laws continue to allow evictions without any reason, Western Australian families are going to continue to put up with uncomfortable or unsafe conditions just to keep a roof over their heads.”
In great news this month we were proud to welcome two new members to the Alliance: the Women's Legal Servcie WA (WLSWA) and the WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH).
Please consider supporting the campaign and joining us formally - you can help us secure these crucial reforms and a fairer WA – here’s how!
The Make Renting Fair campaign has been gaining momentum in the last month as we continue to advocate for much-needed tenancy law reforms in WA.
This month we were proud to welcome four new members to the Alliance: the Financial Counsellors’ Association, Justice Reform Initiative, Community Legal WA, and LinkWest.
We presented to the WA Peaks Forum, and will be speaking to LinkWest’s 120 regional members in the coming weeks. If you would like an update from our campaign to your organisation or members please drop me a line - Chantal@shelterwa.org.au
This month we’re focusing on the compelling stories from renters and new data coming in from our Renters Survey on the impact of ‘without reason’ evictions and in particular the fear tenants live in for the entirety of their tenancy which leaves them too scared to assert their rights for thing like maintenance and even privacy.
We know maintenance issues with rental properties is a huge problem for renters, but didn’t know just how bad it was until our survey results stated coming in and showed 64% of renters are having problems with leaks, dampness or mould and 32% are having issues with hot water in their current rental.
Preliminary results from our Make Renting Fair survey are showing 37% of respondents were concerned a request for repairs or maintenance in their current rental could get them evicted and 63% were concerned the request might make the landlord less likely to renew their lease.
The absence of minimum standards combined with extremely insecure tenure translates to an overwhelming number of West Aussie renters too scared to assert their rights to a well maintained home. This has to change.
You can help us secure these crucial reforms and a fairer WA – here’s how!
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The Make Renting Fair campaign, proudly being coordinated by Shelter WA, Circle Green, Anglicare WA, and WACOSS is advocating for strong tenancy law reforms in WA.
The initial results of the Make Renting Fair 2022 survey are in, and they are demonstrating just how bad the experience of renting is in WA.
Very concerningly, 95 per cent of survey participants said they simply could not afford for their rent to increase another 10% - as they're predicted to in the coming months.
A large number of survey participants said that their requests for maintenance on things like mould, water leaks and broken fences simply got ignored or put off until the landlords suggest that the tenants move out. 71 per cent said they were concerned a request for repairs or maintenance would make the landlord less likely to renew their lease.
There were also many experiences of ‘no grounds’ evictions which made for a stressful and expensive time for many renters. Shockingly, survey participants noted that they believe it was because they had questioned large rent increases.
Over the coming weeks we'll be sharing not just the survey results, but the real stories of WA renters on our social media and website, and making sure their lived experience is front and centre of this campaign.
We’d love your support on this crucial, collaborative campaign – here’s how!