Adjournment: Rent controls
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, and the action I seek is for the minister to protect renters with controls on rents, improved standards and more secure leases. Around 60 per cent of people in Prahran are renters, and renters need a fair go. Renters in Prahran are telling me that rents are going up too high, that their homes are in poor condition and that landlords are not fixing faults. There is poor heating, poor cooling and poor ventilation. We are in a housing crisis. Rents are rising four times faster than wages. Victoria urgently needs caps on excessive rent increases, higher standards for energy efficiency, heating and cooling for rental dwellings and more secure leases, with real options for long-term tenancy. Our housing system must be about people, and it needs to put people first. Just like we have public health care and public education, it is the government’s job to ensure that everyone has a safe, affordable, secure place to call home.