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Residential Tenancies Legislation falls short

Housing groups say the Northern Territory government hasn’t done enough to protect tenants facing eviction during the corona virus crisis.

NT Shelter’s Peter McMillan says the legislation being discussed today falls short of the 6 month eviction moratorium agreed to in National Cabinet last month.

Mr McMillan: “Just simply extending notice periods is only kicking the can down the road.

There’s no guarantee that the landlord will agree to a rent reduction.

There’s no guarantee that there will be an effective negotiation. So where does that leave the tenant? It leaves the tenant with further distress.” 

Listen to Peter McMillan on ABC News 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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