Stronger tenancy laws – do you think we need them? This article in The Conversation follows on from the Radio National Breakfast piece we posted on the 6th.
Listen here for an interview by the Tenants’ Union of Queensland’s (TUQ) Executive Director, Penny Carr, about tenant advice funding and what 2014 holds for tenants and the TUQ.
Tenant advice services help people avoid homelessness and reduce demand on social housing and homelessness services. Help save tenant services in Queensland.
We think this is a good article. Queensland lead the way introducing protections against the unreasonable practices of tenancy database companies. Now most, if not all states and territories have some form of protection, despite that some companies continually try to find new ways to work around them.
It was Queensland tenant advocates that pushed for these initial protections, not industry. What will happen when the advocates are gone? The market will become skewed and unfair. It’s going to be a rocky road ahead for Qld tenants.
TROUBLED tenants on the Fraser Coast will have nowhere to get face-to-face help with closure of the Fraser Coast office of the Tenants Union of Queensland (TUQ).
For 19 years the not-for-profit organisation provided an outreach service from the Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre every Monday, offering advice and assistance to renters. (Read the entire article directly from the website here).
Save Tenant Services volunteers will be out ‘n about again this weekend. If you’ll be near the Rocklea markets tomorrow, Sunday, call in to sign pollie letters protesting the de-funding of the tenant advice service. And sign our Christmas postcard to Campbell.
See this article in today’s Brisbane times and have your say at the bottom.
A tenant service helped this Queensland renter navigate the QCAT process to resolve her dispute. The government authority doesn’t do that. Where will tenants like this go after December when funding runs out? Help save tenant services
Media statement from Housing Mininster Mander 3-12-13
No more gap year for public tenants
The Newman Government has moved to tighten up generous public housing rules that left properties vacant for up to a year while tenants took extended holidays or served prison terms.
Housing Minister Tim Mander said under Labor’s old rules, tenants could take getaways of up to 12 months without putting their tenancies at risk.
“These houses are there to house the most vulnerable members of society. They’re no good to anyone sitting there empty,” Mr Mander said.
“This Government promised to revitalise frontline services, something that’s particularly important when we’re dealing with families on low or modest incomes. Continue reading