27 April 2023
The Greens will be pushing the Malinauskas Government to take action on the rental crisis when parliament returns next week.
The Greens’ move comes as Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot released today found that of 1,456 private rentals advertised for rent in SA on one weekend last month, only 18% were affordable and appropriate for households on minimum wage and just 1% were affordable and appropriate for households on income support payments.
The Greens are bringing their bill to cap rents to a vote on Wednesday and will be introducing a motion calling for greater regulation of short stay accommodation like Airbnb. The Greens are also calling for the Government to publicly release the submissions to their inquiry into the Residential Tenancies Act.
“The Government’s move to partially ban rent bidding is a welcome first step but it’s well short of what’s required to address the states rental crisis,” said Greens Housing Spokesperson, Robert Simms MLC.
“South Australian renters need the Government to take action on skyrocketing rent prices - that’s why I’m bringing my bill to cap rents to a vote on Wednesday. This will be a test of leadership for the Government — it’s time for them to consider the interests of tenants, not just landlords.”
“The Government should publicly release all of the submissions received on their inquiry into the Residential Tenancies Act so that the community can assess whether their feedback has been actioned.”
“Additionally, we are moving for the Government to regulate short stay accommodation to inject more long-term housing options into the parliament. The Government should consider incentives for long term tenants or caps on the number of nights a property can be listed for short stay.”
“We need urgent action on this crisis. The Government can’t continue to drag its heels.”