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Issue #1930      August 31, 2020

RAHU statement on eviction moratorium

Statement via Renters and Housing Union (RAHU)

Extending relief for three months for landlords to “do the right thing,” yet “striking the right balance” further skews the power to landlords.

RAHU is relieved that the Victorian government has finally extended the eviction moratorium,yet we are disappointed to see yet another short-term solution.

Renters’ anxiety is temporarily alleviated from the previous 29th September end date, but come 31st December we will be in exactly the same situation. These measures only defer the crisis. An extra three months is not enough.

Treasurer Tim Pallas has made generous funds available to landlords “who do the right thing,” and landlords will be swimming in relief options from land tax relief and grants of up to $3,000 in addition to ongoing mortgage relief.

Renters don’t have these options, which means we can’t “pull together” with landlords and real estate agents, and we remain most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.

Eirene Tsolidis Noyce, secretary of RAHU said, “We are relieved to have a home for an extra three months, yet there is more work to be done. This short term measure may see renters on the streets on New Year’s Day. We need longer-term solutions for our security of housing.”

Paddy Gordon, Media Officer RAHU added, “How are we meant to strike a balance when the balance of power is so heavily skewed to landowners?”

“The truth is landlords have demonstrably not done the right thing, yet they will continue to be rewarded. The hardship faced by renters is where the relief is desperately needed,” said Noyce.

Zachary Doney, RAHU delegate said, “Renters are the ones in need of legal and financial protection. We can’t expect landlords to prioritise the health of the nation over their personal profit margin.”

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