The National Association of Tenants’ Organisation is asking all parties and independent candidates to make their position on Australia’s tenancy laws – and approach to affordable housing – publicly known.

NATO opened its pre-election questionnaire this week, asking political leaders (and hopefuls) for their policies and election promises on the issue of rental housing.

The organisation hopes to compile all responses into a single source for voters and expects to make the answers public later this week.

NATO is the federation of all state and territory tenants’ rights organisations, coordinating advocacy and advice on more than 80,000 tenancy issues a year.

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All leaders and independent candidates have been sent the following questions about rental housing in Australia:

TopicQuestion
Greater investment in social housingWhat will your party do to increase the supply of public and community housing in Australia?
Increase in income support and rent assistanceWill your party commit to increased income support, including rent assistance, during the next term of the government? And if so, how much?
Greater stability and security for people who rent their homesDo you support stronger security of tenure provisions in residential tenancy law? If elected to the government, what action could your party take to encourage states and territories to improve security of tenure for renters?
Energy-efficient, healthy homes for rentersHow will your party ensure that minimum energy efficiency standards are regulated for rental properties in every state and territory?
Reduced speculation in the housing marketWhat will your party commit to doing in the next term of the government to put downward pressure on property prices and ease property speculation?
Protecting renters’ personal informationWhat action will your party take to ensure national privacy laws are up to date and appropriate for the modern renting sector?
Ensure renters’ voices are heard and can receive high-quality advice and assistanceWhat will your party do to ensure renters’ voices are heard in the national conversation and can receive high-quality advice and assistance when facing legal needs?

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