Qld renters one step closer to having access to tenancy advice

Peter WellingtonToday newly re-elected Independent MP for Nicklin, Mr Peter Wellington, has said he will support the Labor party to form government. Queensland Labor has committed to providing Queensland renters with access to independent tenancy advice. See the extract below from the ABC news website or read the whole article here.

Queensland election 2015: Independent Peter Wellington backs Labor in forming government
By Matt Eaton

Independent MP Peter Wellington has announced he will support Labor in forming a minority government in Queensland.

His decision comes as the outcome of last Saturday’s election remains in the balance, with Labor still at least two seats short of an outright majority.

Qld Labor announces commitment to independent tenancy advice

Tenants'voiceToday the Queensland Labor Party announced its commitment to funding access to independent tenancy advice if it wins next week’s election.  Read the announcement here.

They have also committed to scrapping the public housing temporary absences policy which requires allows tenants to be away from their property for 4 weeks in every year unless they fit strict criteria.  The policy also requires tenants to inform the Department if they are away for more than 7 days.  Labor says they will review public housing policies

Utah is ending homelessness by giving people homes – Nation of Change

Reprinted from the Nation of Change

Earlier this month, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day.

Read the whole story here.

Baby Grace calls for re-funding of Tenant Services in Qld!!

Baby GraceWe’d like to introduce you to our newest recruit.  Baby Grace says she’s happy to live with her family for now but one day she’s going to want to move out into a place of her own.  The chances are, that’ll be into the private rental market.  And she wants to have a fair market to live in – one that includes services which can help her understand her rights and responsibilities and assist her to act on them in order achieve the best outcomes for her.

Baby Grace really wants Tenant Services in Queensland to be re-funded by the State government (all it would take is a small percentage of the interest generated on tenants’ own bonds) before the current funding ends on December 31, 2013.

Help SAVE TENANT SERVICES beyond 2013!  Keep an eye out – we’ll be updating this site in the very near future and moving back into campaign gear.

(Note – names have been changed to protect the young!)


Minister calls on PM to reinstate long-term funding for homelessness

We think there is more than a hint of hypocrisy in this media statement issued today by Minister Mander. The Queensland government has failed to fund tenant advice and advocacy services which we understand is a requirement of them under the current National Partnership Agreement on  Homelessness.
Minister Mander’s Housing statement aims to divert 250,000 people from social housing into the private rental market (PRM) between now and 2020. The services being expanded by the Minister, like the government-run RentConnect, help people enter the PRM but don’t help to keep people more safely and securely housed while they live there. And they don’t advocate changes to tenancy law to make sure the market works for tenants and mitigates against them slipping out of it and onto social housing waitlists.
Come on Queensland government, re-fund tenant advisory services before December 31 this year. It only takes a small percentage of the interest generated on tenants’ bonds.

Government takes $24M in renters bond interest over 2 years

We’ve been looking the budget.  Looks like the government will rip out $24M over two years from the interest generated on private renters’ bonds.  We don’t see any funding for tenant advisory services.

Renters are still left out in the cold, but worse, they’re being prevailed on to fund the core government responsibility, not just once through taxes, but a second time through the lose of vital services.  See ‘Expenses – grants and subsidies’.
State budget