The Greens have called for adequate cooling to be made mandatory in Victorian rentals, as many tenants swelter through summer with little to no reprieve.

In a letter to the state government, Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam asked it to further strengthen Victoria’s minimum rental standards.

“Sadly, for the many Victorians who rent, the quality and conditions of our homes are substandard,” the Greens website reads.

“With Victorian summers getting longer and hotter as we feel the effects of climate change, proper cooling and good insulation are necessary to keep rental homes safe and liveable in the summer months.

“That’s why we’re calling on the Victorian Government to amend minimum standards for rental properties to introduce cooling and insulation as a mandatory requirement for rentals.”

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Victoria’s minimum rental standards were beefed up in 2021 through rental reform that ensured rental properties met basic structural and safety standards.

The standards include heating as a requirement for rental properties, meaning every rental home must have a heater in good working order.

They don’t, however, include any standards for insulation or cooling.

“Introducing cooling and insulation standards for rental properties will make it easier and cheaper for renters to keep their homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter,” the Greens website says.

In a letter to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Melissa Horne, Ms Ratnam said Victorian summers were “likely to get hotter and longer as we feel the effects of climate change”.

As a result, she said, “effective cooling will be necessary to keep rental homes safe and liveable in the summer months”.