Greens call for reform as Census data reveals 13 per cent of renters under housing stress

Thirteen per cent of Penrith's renters are spending more than one third of their income on putting a roof over their heads, according to data released by The Greens.

The Census data from 2016 revealed 33 per cent of households in the state electorate of Penrith – the equivalent of about 9,000 people –  were renting, and of those 13 per cent were spending more than a third of their income on rent, Greens housing spokesperson Jenny Leong said in a statement.

“That’s 1,170 people living in housing stress,” the statement said.

Ms Leong said rental law reform was “desperately needed”, and that The Greens would propose amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act to give renters more security when the Act is reviewed by Parliament later this year.

“Many people who rent live in fear of being thrown out of their home, even when they pay rent on time and look after the property.  These laws are unfair and out of date,” she said.

“The review of NSW rental laws that is currently underway offers an opportunity to give renters more security and stability. Ending no grounds evictions is an immediate step that can be taken to help renters.

“Nine thousand people in the electorate of Penrith are renting – but while you are renting you do not have the same kind of housing security as people who own their home.  When you are renting, you can be evicted for no reason, with just 90 days notice, and rents can be increased.

“For families with kids in the local school, or for older people, having to move and uproot yourself from your community is extremely stressful.

“With NSW Labor opposition joining The Greens and the community to protect the 30% of people in NSW who rent by ending unfair ‘no-grounds’ evictions, it’s time for the local Liberal MPs like Stuart Ayres to act,” Ms Leong said.

The Census data showed 37 per cent of households in the electorate of Penrith had a mortgage, 28 per cent owned their home outright and 33 per cent were renting.