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Document published on 22 February 2017
VCOSS supports options to strengthen rental laws to increase people’s ability to create a safe, stable and liveable home when renting. People facing poverty and disadvantage are more likely to live in rental housing than other Victorians.
Due to an increasingly unaffordable housing market, more people are renting for longer. Victorians experiencing disadvantage can be highly vulnerable when living in rental housing, being subject to unnecessary evictions, disempowered in disputes with property owners, exposed to unnecessary costs, and vulnerable to poor housing conditions.
In this submission, VCOSS supports and builds upon options that help protect people living in rental housing from poor outcomes, and advances some additional proposals supporting this goal, including: