Greens call to end to rent bidding immediately, with genuine protections for renters
Rent bidding must be banned alongside genuine protections for renters including ending no grounds evictions, freezing and controlling rents, and banning intrusive rental applications.
Commenting on reports today that the NSW Fair Trading Minister is looking into reform that would ban rent bidding, Greens spokesperson for Housing and Renters and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP said:
“Rent bidding should absolutely be banned, but we don’t need an investigation to tell us what we already know – dodgy agents and landlords are exploiting and profiting from the rental crisis.
“Conversations with people on the street, and endless stories in the news, show us just how bad the power imbalance between renters and their real estate agent or landlords has gotten.
“This is not a new problem and the Liberal Nationals have had 11 years in power to fix the rental crisis, instead they have ignored the renters in their communities and prioritised the interests of investors, real estate agents, and landlords.
“The Greens welcome the government’s focus on banning rent bidding, but let’s not hide under the cover of an investigation when we know it’s a problem right now.
“Every single day renters are being hit with massive rent increases they’re too fearful to negotiate or treading on eggshells to ask for basic repairs because of the threat of being evicted.
“At a time when more people are renting than ever before, and for longer, we need to fix the conditions that have made chronic insecurity part and parcel of renting.
“The Greens had a bill that would have addressed the crisis faced by renters, but Labor and Liberal shamefully teamed up to block it.
“Rent bidding must be banned alongside genuine protections for renters including ending no grounds evictions, freezing and controlling rents, and banning intrusive rental applications.”
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.
MEDIA RELEASE: Nothing snug about intrusive third party rental services exploiting renters
The Greens are calling on the NSW Government to take immediate action on the pervasive use of third party rental services.
Greens MP and Housing Spokesperson Jenny Leong said:
“Renters need urgent protections from third party services who are preying on and profiting off the housing crisis.
“Reports today that third party rental services could be actively facilitating rent bidding, and contributing to the soaring cost of rent, are deeply disturbing.
“And we know from the countless stories from renters in our community that these third party services regularly try to sell additional, and unnecessary, services like background checks to profit off renters desperation.
“Alarm bells should be ringing that these third party services have an immense amount of power, and an immense amount of personal information.
“Too often renters are given no choice but to hand over huge amounts of personal information, dating back years, to these services just to be considered for a rental property.
“Renting in NSW is stressful enough, without the added - and very legitimate – fears around personal information that recent high profile data breaches have exposed.
“The NSW Government needs to step in and take immediate action to review, regulate and provide much needed oversight to the pervasive use of third party rental services.
“We need to ban rent bidding, stop intrusive rental applications, and massively strengthen renters' data protections.”
MEDIA RELEASE: Greens condemn official approval of Waterloo public housing demolition
Today’s rezoning approval officially rubber stamps the destruction of the Waterloo South public housing estate and will force hundreds of Waterloo residents out of their home.
Member for Newtown and Greens Housing Spokesperson Jenny Leong said:
“Today’s approval rubber stamps the unacceptable destruction of public housing in Waterloo and will force hundreds of people out of their home and the community they’ve lived in for years.
“Like many public housing estates, Waterloo has been neglected by successive governments who have underfunded maintenance and let our public housing deteriorate to justify the widescale sell off of public land.
“The Waterloo community has resisted this redevelopment since it was shamefully first announced just before Christmas in 2015.
“Since then the housing crisis has only gotten worse and the chronic lack of public and affordable housing in Sydney and throughout NSW has intensified.
“This could have been a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address the housing and inequality crisis and genuinely invest in a massive increase of public housing in the inner city
“Disgracefully this rezoning will see a huge amount of public land sold off and turned over to the private housing market for private profit, for a measly increase in the number of social housing units.
“Right now there are more than 100,000 people on the public housing waiting list, some of whom have been waiting for over a decade. This rezoning will do nothing to meet their immediate need for safe and secure housing.
“This destruction isn't inevitable. NSW Labor must commit to stopping the demolition and co-designing a renewal strategy with the community that keeps people in their homes and ensures the site remains 100% public housing - not a plaything for private developers.
“The Greens stand in solidarity with all Waterloo residents now facing forced relocations. We will always defend public housing and everyone’s right to a safe, secure and affordable home.,” Ms Leong said.
MEDIA RELEASE: NSW Labor team up with Liberal National Government to block no grounds evictions
Just days after committing to ending no grounds evictions, NSW Labor have teamed up with the Liberal National Government to block the Greens bill to end no grounds evictions.
Greens and Independent MP’s voted in NSW Parliament this afternoon for the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Prohibiting No Grounds Evictions) Bill 2022 to be urgently brought on for debate and voted on before the end of the year.
Greens spokesperson for Renters Rights and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP said:
“NSW Labor are telling renters one thing and doing another by refusing to support a push in Parliament that could end no grounds evictions by Christmas.
“Labor’s election announcement is cold comfort for renters in this state who will spend the next six months in chronic housing insecurity waiting on an election promise that may never be delivered.
“Every month we delay means thousands more renters will face rent hikes they’re too scared to negotiate, evictions because they’re asking for repairs, or be forced to move out of their home for no reason.
“Ending no grounds evictions is not controversial. We know from housing experts and tenant advocates that it is a simple and long overdue reform, and the reality is renters simply cannot afford to wait for a potential NSW Labor Government for desperately needed housing security.
“When it comes to addressing the cost of living crisis, election promises won’t pay the bills. Ending no grounds evictions is an immediate thing that would relieve the pressure on skyrocketing rents.
“The Greens back renters and will vote for renters rights every MP, every vote, every time.”
MEDIA RELEASE: Greens question NSW Government's refusal to allow UN access to prisons
The NSW Liberal National Government has come under fire in questions from Greens MP’s Jenny Leong and Sue Higginson for their refusal to allow UN inspectors access to NSW prisons.
NSW is the only jurisdiction in Australia blocking the United Nations The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment access to prisons.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Natasha Maclaren-Jones obfuscated the questions put to them in Question Time, demonstrating a disturbing avoidance of scrutiny and accountability.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE: Urgent need to end to no grounds evictions as rents and evictions soar
There is a desperate and urgent need to end no grounds evictions, with new data released today showing that renters are being hit with record high rent costs and eviction notices.
Greens MP Jenny Leong last week gave notice of a bill to NSW Parliament that would end unfair, no grounds evictions and go some way to give renters much needed security.
Greens spokesperson for Renters Rights and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP said:
“Ending no grounds evictions is an immediate fix that the NSW Liberal National Government can do right now to help renters throughout this state.
“More people are renting now than ever before, many of them likely to be lifelong renters. The rental crisis isn’t going to get better without urgent and immediate action from the government.
“Without genuine protections in place for renters, increasing supply will just continue to line the pockets of landlords and real estate agents profiting from housing.
“Ending no grounds evictions is a simple solution that would make a massive difference to renters who are too scared to negotiate rent increases or ask for repairs because they live in fear of being hit with an eviction notice.
“It would ensure that renters can actually have stability, security, and peace of mind and a chance to put down roots in their community.
“The Greens' simple and practical Bill could put an end to unfair, no grounds evictions before the end of the year.
“I’m calling on all members of the NSW Parliament to listen to the renters in their community, who are being hit with rent increases and unfair evictions, and vote for this long overdue reform.”
MEDIA RELEASE: NSW renters need a rent freeze
Greens NSW MP Jenny Leong has backed federal Greens calls and urged the NSW Government to implement an emergency rent freeze to combat skyrocketing rent costs and the growing housing unaffordability crisis.Read more
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MEDIA RELEASE: Greens call for housing crisis meeting to overhaul a broken system
Responding to reports that a housing crisis meeting is being held today between state and federal Housing Ministers today, Greens NSW Housing spokesperson, Jenny Leong MP has called for rent caps and protections for renters against evictions, a massive investment in social housing to tackle the waiting list, aa coordinated funding plan to fix the decades of bad maintenance in public housing.