8 November 2023
The SA Greens plan to bring a Private Members Bill to SA Parliament in the New Year to freeze rent prices, as a new report from the Anti-Poverty Network found 80 per cent of renters surveyed were experiencing rental stress.
“Rent prices are continuing to skyrocket out of control and this report from the Anti-Poverty Network makes for sobering reading,” said Greens MLC Robert Simms.
“Earlier this year, the Greens moved to cap rent increases in line with inflation. Sadly, this move was opposed by the Parliament, with no other party in support.”
“Next year, we plan to move a Private Members Bill to free rents for the next two years to give SA renters some respite during this housing crisis. We urge other parties to back this.”
Last week, the Greens reached an agreement with the Malinauskas Government to reform rental laws – scrapping no cause evictions, making it easier to rent with pets and increasing the notice period required for non-renewal of a lease.
“The reforms negotiated between the Government and the Greens represent a real breakthrough for renters in SA, but the Greens will continue to campaign for action on rent prices.”
The Anti-Poverty Network Report is available here: https://antipovertynetworksaorg.files.wordpress.com/2023/11/apnsa-renters-survey-2023.pdf