MEDIA RELEASE: Greens call for urgent action to get rents under control

The rental crisis will not get better without a freeze on rents and an end to unfair, no grounds evictions.

Data released today in the Annual Rental Affordability Index shows that rental affordability is worse than ever before, and people are struggling to make ends meet between the soaring cost of rent, food and electricity. 

Greens spokesperson for Housing and Renters, and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP said:

“Politicians cannot continue to sit on their hands and ignore the renters in their community who are being forced to make the difficult choice between rent they can’t afford or eviction. 

“The rental crisis isn’t going to get better until we freeze rents and get them under control, end unfair no grounds evictions, and stop the special treatment of landlords and investors profiting from the housing crisis. 

“Renting in Sydney is now considered “critically unaffordable” and it’s snowballing into regional communities, as more and more people are driven out of the city and into the regions. 

“No one should have to choose between paying their rent, putting food on the table, paying their bills on time, or getting Christmas presents for their families. 

“Just weeks ago, the Greens pushed to end no grounds evictions and give renters security by Christmas but it was shamefully blocked by the Liberal Government and NSW Labor. 

“Leaving renters to struggle with astronomically high rents and minimal protections is a political choice, and it’s time for politicians to work together to genuinely fix the rental crisis ,” Ms Leong said.

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