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31 05, 2015

500 signatures to end negative gearing?

By |May 31st, 2015|Blog|

Politicians will not end negative gearing because too many own investment properties themselves according to authors, Lindsay David, Paul Egan and Philip Soos.   With such high rates of property ownership among Australia’s senators and ministers, it is “difficult to believe that politicians will address […]

27 05, 2015

Landlords: no trespassing

By |May 27th, 2015|Blog|

The saddest incursion on a tenant’s home I’ve ever heard of was suffered by a newlywed couple expecting their first child.  They had just learned that their baby was in trouble and would not live long after coming into the world.  In the middle […]

11 05, 2015

A tenancy tale: Estate agents only lie on days ending with ‘y’.

By |May 11th, 2015|Blog|

We rented a 2 bed townhouse for 8 years, in Newcastle. In all that time, we paid our rent on time and had three children. One scary night, in the middle of a long weekend, all three children got locked in their bedroom by […]

29 04, 2015

A Culture of Bludging Landlords

By |April 29th, 2015|Blog|

Once, the great Australian dream was home ownership.  Now it seems to be exploiting the tenant funding your comfortable retirement while cheating them out of the amenities they pay for.

It is not the God-given right of landlords to be paid for faulty products they […]

14 04, 2015

Hey, Dopey ~ Quid Pro Quo.

By |April 14th, 2015|Blog|

Landlords and estate agents have a nasty habit of flouting their own legal obligations with one hand while enforcing the tenant’s obligations with the other. (While I wasn’t attempting a visual metaphor, I have to say the image I conjured up in writing that […]

11 02, 2015

Homelessness or injury?

By |February 11th, 2015|Blog|

Rental homes should not be killers, nor should they amputate children’s fingers.  This article from The Age newspaper today, “Boy hurt in Flemington housing estate guillotine window” amply demonstrates the risk to tenants when rental accommodation is not maintained in good repair.

A visitor to our Facebook […]

2 02, 2015

Rent as a weapon: when landlords attack.

By |February 2nd, 2015|Blog|

This particular estate agent stood out for her honesty.  She told us honestly that she had no intention of complying with her obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act.  This, of course, after we had signed the lease and moved in.

According to the agent – […]

25 11, 2014

The hypocrisy of Heidi Victoria

By |November 25th, 2014|Blog|

Any assertion that landlords provide a public service is spurious.  Landlords are motivated by profit – as they are perfectly entitled to be – but in pursuing that profit they are no more servants of the community than AGL is by retailing electricity, or David […]

24 10, 2014

Stop risking tenants’ lives

By |October 24th, 2014|Blog|

Please sign our petition calling for safety equality for tenants “Stop risking tenants’ lives” on Change.org

24 10, 2014

Landlords must pay bond

By |October 24th, 2014|Blog|

While Australian society is hostile to perceived dole-bludgers, we foster an incredible tolerance for bludger landlords. In all my years as a tenant I have never known a landlord or real estate agent to meet their legal repairs obligations.  Several have risked my life, some […]

24 10, 2014

Justice isn’t blind. It’s looking the other way.

By |October 24th, 2014|Blog|

Employers who recklessly endanger workers may be fined three million dollars, while employers who induce workers not to exercise their rights face penalties of five hundred thousand dollars. In my experience, landlords may do both with impunity. Our first rental home, renovated by the owners, […]