Click below to listen to Susan Farquhar’s chat with Perth Tonight’s Chris Ilsley raising the question; ‘Should our laws change to ensure that tenants feel they also have a home, even if it’s not technically theirs?’
The latest Census figures show that more and more Australians are renting with the tenant population now at 30.9%.
The median household rent has increased from $285 – $335 per week since the last Census.
As such, our laws should change too, reflecting current trends and ensuring that tenants feel they also have a home, even if it’s not technically theirs.
Policy changes like longer lease terms and pet ownership, align with this sense of home, which is so important for couples, families and mental health.
As long as the tenant commits to returning the property to its original state at the end of the lease, minor changes should also be acceptable.