Q&A to help ease housing uncertainty

5 February 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Q&A to help ease housing uncertainty|

By Josh Willie,

Labor Member for Elwick

 

WITHOUT affordable, safe and secure housing, there is little foundation to create a healthy and happy family life.

Amidst Tasmania’s housing crisis, there continues to be a shortage of affordable housing available to Tasmanians.

This is particularly true for the northern suburbs of Hobart.

The private rental market has experienced the highest impact.

The increasing pressures have seen rental prices go up by 27 per cent over the past three years in greater Hobart communities.

Low-income families are spending a high percentage of their income on rent and others have been forced to apply for public and community housing because they simply cannot secure an affordable private rental.

This has impacted heavily on public and community housing stock: as of September 2019, there were 3,444 applications on the Housing Register and priority applicants were waiting an average of 61 weeks to secure a home.

With a limited number of properties and high demand, this has created issues for tenants and landlords, both of whom understandably struggle to make sense of the complexities of the residential tenancy law.

I am always assisting tenants who don’t know their rights and responsibilities.

This causes serious stress and confusion for both tenants and landlords and that’s where the Tenants Union of Tasmania can help.

The Tenants Union of Tasmania is committed to increasing awareness and believes that spreading knowledge in this area improves housing security and builds stronger communities.

I will be hosting a morning tea featuring a presentation and Q&A session from the Tenants Union of Tasmania.

The session will provide advice on effectively managing your tenancy and what to do if something goes wrong.

Whether you are a tenant or landlord, this is a great opportunity to come along and hear from highly experienced solicitors who can answer your tricky questions.

The morning tea and presentation will be held at 10am on Friday 21 February at the Electorate Office of Josh Willie MLC.

For more information, contact Josh on 6212 2306.

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