Make renting fair, safe and certain

More than 50% of Territorians rent.

Reform of tenancy law in the Northern Territory is long overdue. Our legislation is over 20 years old and lag behind those of all other Australian states and territories.

Twelve organisations, including peak bodies, legal services, non-government organisations and trade unions, have joined forces to issue a strong statement calling on the Territory Government to bring rental laws in line with contemporary standards and ensure that renting in the Northern Territory is fair, safe and certain for landlords and tenants alike.
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What we're asking for

The Residential Tenancies Act has a critical role to play in safeguarding the housing needs of the Northern Territory’s residents, ensuring that tenants are not evicted unnecessarily into homelessness, and providing pathways for people out of homelessness into accommodation. It provides governance over the suitability of dwellings for habitation, security of tenure and safety and control of the living space. 

A modern Residential Tenancies Act is also able to secure the rights of the landlord. As has been seen in recent updates and comprehensive reviews across Australia, Residential Tenancies protections have a critical role in balancing the rights of landlord and tenants – ensuring stability and predictability, removing subjectivism. 

There is no reason why the Northern Territory should lag behind other States when it comes to tenancy legislation. We want to see a fair, safe and certain Residential Tenancies Act in the Territory. 

 

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16% of renters living with a disability have
been served a no-grounds eviction (compared to 9% of other Australians).

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44% of tenants are concerned that requesting repairs could get them evicted

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of requests for homelessness support are due to Domestic or Family Violence reasons. A strong RTA can help families maintain accommodation.

References: 

Disrupted: The consumer experience of renting in Australia, Choice, National Shelter & NATO (2018).

2017-18 Specialist Homelessness Services Annual Report, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Feb 2019). 

 

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