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Peter McMillan Executive Officer NT Shelter

Puzzled and disappointed by Residential Tenancies Legislation

We’re puzzled and disappointed with what transpired at Friday’s emergency sitting of NT Parliament. The Residential Tenancies Legislation introduced to Parliament fell well short of the “very clear and unambiguous” position all states and territories agreed to: that for a period of 6 months, renters doing it touch as a result of COVID-19 would not have the additional worry of being turfed out of their rental property during this time.

  • NT Shelter’s reaction to the Northern Territory Government’s Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill which was introduced to Parliament with no mention of the six-month moratorium on residential evictions agreed by the national cabinet.

Listen to Peter McMillan speak to Adam Steer on ABC Darwin here.  

22 April 2020: NT Shelter, Northern Territory Council of Social Service and Darwin Community Legal Service have written to Chief Minister Michael Gunner to urge the NT government to step up to the plate by tabling legislation during Parliament this Friday that ends the uncertainty and anxiety for renters in the Northern Territory who have lost their job or have lost significant income and are in serious rental stress.

The Open Letter can be accessed here.

We have also written to all NT Members of Parliament urging them to support this legislation, to protect the 50% of Territorians who rent from housing insecurity, eviction and homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. This letter is available here

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