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8139 - RENTAL AFFORDABILITY

Haylen, Jo to the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
  1. What is your response to the recently released Anglicare annual Rental Affordability Snapshot, which notes that only 41 of more than 17,000 available rental properties in Sydney are affordable for people on income support payments?
  2. What is your response to findings that New South Wales is the least affordable state, with over half of all low income renting households under rental stress?
  3. Why is the Government not adopting reforms to no-fault eviction?
  4. How is the Government acting to reduce rental stress for low income families and other rental households?
Answer -
  1. Income support payments are Commonwealth payments. This question should be referred to the relevant Federal Minister.

  2. This question should be referred to the Treasurer.

  3. NSW Fair Trading conducted a statutory review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 in 2015-16. A report on the review was tabled in the Parliament of New South Wales in June 2016, which made 27 recommendations for improvements to the tenancy laws.

    The review recommended that the provisions in relation to no grounds terminations should remain unchanged, and that the Government consider other ways of improving security of tenure in the rental market.

  4. The Government is finalising a package of reforms to the residential tenancy laws aimed at improving the renting experience for tenants in New South Wales. The Government expects to introduce legislation to Parliament in 2018.

Question asked on 3 May 2018 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 180
Answer received on 7 June 2018 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 189