In modern day Australia, renting is treated like a second-class tenure, and renters are treated like second-class citizens. Renting is not just an investment vehicle for a privileged few; it is also a place to live for well over 7 million Aussies. Over a third of the Australian population is choosing to rent. In future years, renting might even challenge home purchase as the key tenure sector. Some are renting for financial or lifestyle reasons, while others are locked out of the home ownership market. Whatever the reason, the Aussie dream of home ownership is suspect. The laws and policies of the land need to reflect our changing aspirations. We need to change the way we do things.
Renters want a fairer go in housing. Renters need a place they can call home, something owner-occupiers take for granted. Vulnerable and marginalised renters require the full protection of the law. There is a real need for effective and practical solutions in everyday situations. In our view, the law needs to be reviewed to create just and fair outcomes for renters. We want to see improvements with respect to the conduct of landlords/agents, the management of rental properties, and judicial treatment of tenant/landlord/agent disputes. We hope to place renting on the national agenda by harnessing public opinion. Ultimately, we would like to see the intervention of Australian governments.