Fairer Safer Housing

On 26 November 2014, the Victorian Government announced its platform for housing-related initiatives, known as the Plan for Fairer Safer Housing

The goals of Fairer Safer Housing include:

  • ensuring access to safe, affordable and secure housing
  • improving housing accessibility for the elderly and people with a disability
  • enhancing the security of tenancies (security of tenure)
  • increasing protections for people living in caravan and residential parks
  • providing more options for vulnerable tenants.

Over the next three years, this website will provide a way for the community to engage with the Victorian Government on Fairer Safer Housing projects, including action on housing affordability, planning reform, better building regulations, and a new Integrated Community Care system supporting the health and well-being of all Victorians.

The Government urges all Victorians to get involved and have their say.

View current Fairer Safer Housing projects below in the News Feed.

On 26 November 2014, the Victorian Government announced its platform for housing-related initiatives, known as the Plan for Fairer Safer Housing

The goals of Fairer Safer Housing include:

  • ensuring access to safe, affordable and secure housing
  • improving housing accessibility for the elderly and people with a disability
  • enhancing the security of tenancies (security of tenure)
  • increasing protections for people living in caravan and residential parks
  • providing more options for vulnerable tenants.

Over the next three years, this website will provide a way for the community to engage with the Victorian Government on Fairer Safer Housing projects, including action on housing affordability, planning reform, better building regulations, and a new Integrated Community Care system supporting the health and well-being of all Victorians.

The Government urges all Victorians to get involved and have their say.

View current Fairer Safer Housing projects below in the News Feed.

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  • Get involved - have your say on rights and responsibilities in rental housing (closed for review)

    2 months ago

    You can view public submissions and a summary of views from the first stage of the review at fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/yourviews. Responses to the first issues paper, on security of tenure, are also available on the website.

    An issues paper examining rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants under the RTA is now available at fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/renting.

    Rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants considers how the RTA sets boundaries around what tenants and landlords can and cannot do throughout the tenancy relationship. Issues for public consultation include:

    • the tenancy application process and appropriate screening practices

    • information that should... Continue reading

    You can view public submissions and a summary of views from the first stage of the review at fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/yourviews. Responses to the first issues paper, on security of tenure, are also available on the website.

    An issues paper examining rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants under the RTA is now available at fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/renting.

    Rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants considers how the RTA sets boundaries around what tenants and landlords can and cannot do throughout the tenancy relationship. Issues for public consultation include:

    • the tenancy application process and appropriate screening practices

    • information that should be disclosed to a tenant at the start of a tenancy

    • digital technology and the form and service of documents and notices

    • the process to be followed when a landlord or tenant breaches a duty under the RTA

    • enforcing additional terms in the tenancy agreement, including rules about pets

    • balancing the right of tenants to quiet enjoyment and the right of landlords to enter premises, particularly where the premises is being sold

    • balancing the interests of landlords and tenants in respect of sub-letting and lease assignments

    • reasons a landlord or tenant can terminate a lease, and rules around compensation for lease breaking

    • what arrangements should apply to goods left behind by a tenant at the end of a tenancy

    • increasing protections for tenants experiencing family violence

    • the conduct of agents acting on behalf of landlords.

    The Victorian Government is examining increased protections for vulnerable tenant groups as part of the Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing.

    Until 3 May, you can make a submission outlining your views on the issues paper.
  • Get involved - have your say on rent, bonds and other charges in rental housing (closed for review)

    3 months ago

    The Victorian Government’s Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing outlined a vision for ensuring everyone has access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

    As part of this plan, the government is undertaking a comprehensive, evidence-based review of theResidential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA). The review is considering how regulation can best meet the current and future needs and expectations of participants in the modern rental market.

    You can view the public submissions and a summary of views from the first stage of the review at fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/yourviews. Public submissions to the Security of tenure issues paper will be made available in... Continue reading

    The Victorian Government’s Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing outlined a vision for ensuring everyone has access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

    As part of this plan, the government is undertaking a comprehensive, evidence-based review of theResidential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA). The review is considering how regulation can best meet the current and future needs and expectations of participants in the modern rental market.

    You can view the public submissions and a summary of views from the first stage of the review at fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/yourviews. Public submissions to the Security of tenure issues paper will be made available in early March.

    An issues paper examining rent, bonds and other charges under the RTA is now available at fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/renting. While the RTA does not regulate the amount of rent that can be charged, it does set rules for:

    • maximum amounts for bonds and rent in advance
    • the frequency of rent increases
    • tenants’ and landlords’ responsibilities for fees, charges and ongoing costs, such as utilities.

    The Victorian Government has committed to examining annual rent increases as part of its Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing.

    The issues paper explores how legislation and other factors may influence the costs associated with renting, from the perspective of landlords and tenants in Victoria. It also outlines different approaches by other jurisdictions and key issues in considering legislative reform.

    Until 6 April, you can make a submission outlining your views on the issues paper.
  • Get involved - have your say about Victoria's renting laws

    7 months ago

    The Victorian Government’s Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing outlined a vision for ensuring that all Victorians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

    As part of this plan, the government is undertaking a comprehensive, evidence-based review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

    The review commenced with the release of a Consultation paper - Laying the Groundwork (1.06 MB) (doc), in June through the Fairer Safer Housing website. The paper describes trends and behaviours in the rental market, as well as the characteristics of landlords and tenants, based on currently available data.

    In November, the Security... Continue reading

    The Victorian Government’s Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing outlined a vision for ensuring that all Victorians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

    As part of this plan, the government is undertaking a comprehensive, evidence-based review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

    The review commenced with the release of a Consultation paper - Laying the Groundwork (1.06 MB) (doc), in June through the Fairer Safer Housing website. The paper describes trends and behaviours in the rental market, as well as the characteristics of landlords and tenants, based on currently available data.

    In November, the Security of tenure issues paper (344KB) (DOC) was released. The first in a series of papers, it considers security of tenure in the modern rental market, with a view to understanding whether and how the RTA supports landlords and tenants in achieving tenancy arrangements that meet their needs.

    To find out more about the discussions we’ve had with the community so far, you can:

    Download a summary of views from the first stage of the review

    View public submissions in response to the Laying the Groundwork consultation paper.

    To register and have your say, visit the sign up page on the Fairer Safer Housing site.