Getting smart about tenancy rights

If you’re renting it can be hard to know what your rights are. So where can you get help?

During Law Week, Housing Justice is running a session at Bendigo Library to set out your rights as a tenant in Victoria and where you can get support.

Victoria Law Foundation had a chat to Housing Justice Manager Kirsty Waller to find out more.

Did you know?

25% of privately occupied dwellings in Bendigo are rentals. That’s over 14,000 homes!

Source: Census 2016

So, what will the Tenancy Rights session cover?

We will focus on the common issues facing tenants and how to solve them, including:

1.    Rent arrears – what should I do if I fall behind in my rent?

We recognise that sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes people find themselves having to decide between paying for costly car repairs or missing a week or two of rent and hoping that the landlord understands. So, what should you do when you asked to leave your home due to falling behind in your rent?  What could you have done differently to improve the situation?

The team at Housing Justice will provide you with enough information to help you make the right decision for you and your family.

2.    Repairs to your rental property – I need something fixed, but my landlord won’t do it? 

We hear this all the time from tenants and we want you to know that there are steps you can take to ensure repairs are done.  We’ll explain the difference between urgent and non-urgent repairs and provide you with enough information that you know your rights.

3.    Other FAQs by tenants

We will also address questions such as:

  • My landlord is selling and I have to get out: what are my rights?
  • My landlord is renovating and I have to get out: what are my rights?
  • I need to break my lease. What’s the next step?

What about upcoming changes to the law around tenant’s rights?

We’ll be talking about how upcoming changes to the law will affect and improve your rights as a tenant, particularly if you have a pet, want to modify your property, or are served with an eviction notice. Read more about upcoming changes here.

Will there be time for questions?

Yes, we will provide the opportunity for people to ask questions about their personal interests.

Community Legal Education: Tenancy Rights will be held at Bendigo Library from 4.30 to 5.30 pm, Monday 13 May.