The State Election is fast approaching. We have written to the ALP, Tasmanian Greens and Liberal Party with our election asks (enclosed) including: commit to building 10,000 public housing properties over the next decade; and  repeal no reason end of lease evictions; and limit rent increases to CPI and/or a fixed percentage; and remove the ability […]

After a dip in the June quarter of this year, rents have picked up again. State wide weighted median rent bounced back to almost exactly where it was in March 2020, while rents in the South stayed a little below March level and rents in the North slightly above the prices in March.  Only rents […]

More than a decade ago, the Law Reform Institute recommended a Human Rights Act be enacted in Tasmania that included the right to adequate housing. A Re-Examination of the Case for a Human Rights Act in Tasmania is currently being undertaken and attached is our response.

With the eviction moratorium set to end on 1 December, now is the time to apply for support to repay rental arrears, that were accrued due to changed circumstances during the global pandemic.

The Tenants’ Union of Tasmania will hold its Annual General Meeting at 12.00noon on Wednesday, 25th November 2020 at our offices in 166 Macquarie St, Hobart. Find our Annual Report for the financial year 2019/20 here.

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? […]

Yesterday, a coalition of community groups wrote to the Premier calling for an extension of the moratorium on evictions and rent increases until the end of the year and calling for further financial support for tenants who can demonstrate ongoing financial hardship.

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 […]

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.