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Rental scheme failing newly unemployed Victorians

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Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
2 September 2020

RENTAL SCHEME FAILING NEWLY UNEMPLOYED VICTORIANS

The Victorian Greens have released damning figures that show the state government’s rental relief scheme is failing newly unemployed renters.

The Greens’ recently undertook a survey of nearly 700 Victorian renters, which found that for renters who had become unemployed during the pandemic:

• Over half (57%) were unable to reach an agreement with their landlord
• A massive 80% who needed rental support did not apply for rental support because they found it too difficult
• Only 9% of renters who had become unemployed and needed for rent relief were able to get a grant

In response to the alarming failures of the current scheme, the Greens are calling for longer and stronger protections for renters including:

  1. Extending the current eviction moratorium beyond the December 31st 2020 cut-off date
  2. Stronger legislation to prevent landlords unreasonably delaying or refusing to negotiate a rent reduction
  3. Increasing rent relief grants and making them easier to access

Quotes attributable to Victorian Greens acting spokesperson for housing, Sam Hibbins MP:

"These results show that for renters who have become unemployed the government’s scheme is a failure.

"With so many young people now living on the edge with precarious financial and housing stability, the state government needs to provide longer and stronger protections for renters."

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Sam Hibbins MP
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2 September 2020
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