Local Labor calls for clearer rules around renting terminations

Londonderry MP Prue Car, Labor candidate for Penrith Karen McKeown, and Opposition Innovation and Better Regulation Spokeswoman Yasmin Catley speak to local renters.
Londonderry MP Prue Car, Labor candidate for Penrith Karen McKeown, and Opposition Innovation and Better Regulation Spokeswoman Yasmin Catley speak to local renters.

With almost one third of the local community living as renters, Labor has called for a clearer set of rules around the termination of rental properties.

Londonderry MP Prue Car and Labor candidate for Penrith Karen McKeown were joined by the NSW Opposition’s Innovation and Better Regulation Spokeswoman, Yasmin Catley, recently to highlight the party’s case for a fairer, more stable rental market in NSW.

Labor has promised to remove the so called “no grounds” provisions that allows landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason if it is elected to government in 2019.

Local resident Sam Davies was given a no-grounds notice of termination after taking his landlord to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) over outstanding repairs.

Sam and his housemate both live with disability and are now looking for social housing in Lithgow. They have until December 18 to vacate in accordance with the notice.

“Almost a third of people in our community live in rental accommodation,” Ms Car said in a statement. “They pay good money to live in their homes - the government should be setting rules in place which recognise the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant.

Tenant advocates, academics and church groups have pointed to the use of no grounds evictions by unscrupulous landlords to remove tenants who have asked for basic repairs.

“Renters in our community deserve protection from landlords who unfairly terminate leases with no reason,” Cr McKeown said.

“Labor’s plan is positive news for the many families in our community who do the right thing and do not deserve to be kicked out of their home without a good reason