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COVID-19 has had an impact on rents as the latest data demonstrates.  Out of the 16 local government areas we look at in Tasmanian Rents, there was a decrease in rental prices for 3-bedroom properties in most (13 out of 16). In only two areas in the North West was there no change in price […]

Last week temporary changes to the Residential Tenancy Act came into effect for the duration of the COVID-19 Emergency period. Find some of the frequently asked questions about the changes and answers below. We will add more questions and answers over time as they arise. I have heard about the “Emergency Period”. What is it? […]

Since we started documenting new rents with the Tasmanian Rents publication in March 2012, the median rent in the South of Tasmania followed a clear annual pattern, which meant rents for new leases dropped in the June quarter, then slowly rose over September and December quarter and peaked in the March quarter. 2020 is different (in case […]

We recently provided evidence to a Parliamentary Committee about COVID-19 and protections for residential tenants. We recommended that the freeze on rent increases and the ban on evictions be extended for another three months.  Find our submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Subordinate Legislation below.

Rents in the December quarter 2019 continued to rise in all parts of the state and well above inflation as they have done over the past three years. This issue along with the upcoming March quarter 2020 issue will be the last before Corona picture. We are curious. Will rents change and how? In the […]

Unfortunately, out of caution, our drop in service will cease operation until further notice. If you need to contact us, please leave a message on 6223 2641 and we will endeavour to call you back within one working day. If you need us to see a document, for example a notice to vacate, you can […]

Ahead of the debate in parliament today a coalition of community groups have written to the Premier calling for a commitment that greater protections will be provided to residential tenants.

On Thursday 30th April 2020 the Tasmanian Parliament will debate a Bill which will require commercial landlords to offer rent reductions proportionate to the tenant’s loss of trade. A coalition of groups have joined with us to demand that this be broadened to include residential tenancies. Below is a copy of the letter we sent […]

Earlier today we sent a letter to Premier Peter Gutwein calling for the implementation of two temporary measures to protect tenants and the wider community. Suspend all eviction proceedings before the Magistrates Court.  Make available additional financial support to residential tenants who are unable to work due to COVID-19. Find our letter to the premier below.

Since December 2014 the Tenants’ Union published quarterly rent statistics compiled from bond lodgement data collected by the Rental Deposit Authority (RDA). The data is based on information that landlords and tenants provide when lodging a bond with the RDA. A summary of the of the past 3 years – from September 2016 to September […]