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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.

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? […]

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 […]

Median rents for Tasmania rose by 1.8% for the latest quarter and 9% for the least 12 months. The largest rises for the quarter were seen in the North West region, while the largest annual rises were seen in the Southern region. For detailed statistics on rents in regions and urban centres, as well as […]

Last week we appeared for a Senate Inquiry calling for the maximum rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance be increased by a minimum of 30 per cent for all recipients with variation in increase above this minimum to take account of family or household type, as well as local housing market conditions and current rents. Find […]