MEDIA RELEASE: Greens Bill to tackle mould and rising rents in NSW

In response to rental horror stories of extreme mould and reports of growing rental unaffordability, NSW Greens Housing spokeperson and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP is pushing ahead with the Greens Bill to cap rents, end unfair no grounds evictions and require all rental properties to be waterproof and mould-free. The Bill also includes specific measures for flood impacted areas including banning evictions for 12 months.

Jenny Leong MP, Greens Housing spokesperson:

“Extreme weather events, endless rain and floods have escalated the serious issues of mould and damp in rental properties across the state – and with the ever-growing unaffordability crisis in the rental market – the compounding crisis faced by renters needs to be urgently addressed.

“In NSW if you live in public housing and you need black mould removed and fixed, you must enter a protracted and frustrating maintenance system where repeated complaints may not see your issue resolved for months or even years.

“The NSW Government is the worst landlord in the state - and that’s saying something when you see the state of some of the private rentals we have had reported to us.

“The Greens are committed to immediate measures to protect renters and stop greedy landlords profiting from substandard homes - that’s why I have introduced a Bill to the NSW Parliament to amend and strengthen the Residential Tenancies Act 2010.

“The Bill also includes measures for flood impacted areas, caps on rents and an end to unfair no grounds evictions.”

Background: A brief on the Greens Bill is available here and the second reading speech detailing the mould crisis is available here.

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