The Socialist Party has launched a new campaign for improved renter’s rights called Renters Fightback. The campaign is demanding affordable, quality and secure housing for all.
Everyone understands that there is a major crisis of housing affordability. High property prices have meant that an entire generation has been locked out of owning a home. Renting is the new norm for many with around 30% of Australians now renting.
Greedy landlords are taking advantage of this by charging exorbitant rents while refusing to maintain accommodation at a decent standard. Such is the depth of the crisis that homelessness is now on the rise. A growing number of people are demanding action.
Renters Fightback seeks to address out of control housing costs. The aim is to mobilise renters to demand much improved rights and better housing conditions.
In addition, Renters Fightback calls for long-term solutions aimed at addressing housing affordability, especially for young people. The starting point for the campaign is that housing should be a basic right. The sector should not be dominated by the rule of profit.
While the Victorian state government is proposing some modest reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act they do not go far enough. There needs to be a fightback against dodgy landlords, as well as state and federal governments whose policies have created this situation. We need to tip the balance back in favour of renters!
Renters Fightback is calling for:
Rent control – Cap private rents at 20% of income to stop landlords charging exorbitant prices. Affordable housing for all!
High quality homes – For landlords to be forced to maintain rental properties at a high standard. Decent homes for all!
Long-term leases – For the right of residents to demand long-term security of tenure, including infinite leases. Secure housing for all!
Expand public housing – For the government to build and acquire 500,000 homes Australia-wide for people on low and average incomes. Let’s end the rule of profit. Housing should be a basic right!
By Socialist Party reporters