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Greens call on parties to back action on renter's rights

8 February 2022

The Greens are calling on other political parties to join them in backing action on renters’ rights as the state’s Upper House resumes for the last sitting period before the election.

Greens Housing Spokesperson, Robert Simms MLC will introduce a motion calling for the Government to once again extend the moratorium on evictions for those experiencing financial distress as a result of COVID. He’s also calling on political parties to commit to strengthening renters’ rights in the next parliament.

“South Australian renters have some of the weakest protections in the country. From no cause evictions to many facing rent hikes, the balance is tipped far too heavily in favour of landlords,” said Mr. Simms.

“We’re calling on all parties to commit to working together to strengthen the rights of renters in the next parliament and bring SA into line with other states. In the short term, the Government should extend the moratorium on evictions for those experiencing financial distress to give them protection now.”

The Greens are campaigning to:

  • Extend the moratorium on evictions and rent increases for those experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19
  • Ensure all homes meet energy efficiency and security standards;
  • Prohibit no cause evictions;
  • Implement rent controls to protect vulnerable people from rent hikes
  • Provide the option of long-term leases to give security to renters;
  • Prohibit rental bidding that force potential tenants into unfair rental auctions;
  • Allow people to rent with their pets, other than in exceptional circumstances,
  • Allow people to make minor and reversible changes to properties;
  • Build more social and affordable housing

Candidates for the seat of West Torrens will tonight speak at a Housing Affordability and Renters’ Rights public meeting, in Hindmarsh.