A major review of renting and public housing in Canberra

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SIMON Corbell has announced a review into the Residential Tenancy Act to ensure the Act operates effectively and fairly.

“This is an important review that will ensure we have an appropriate balance between the rights of tenants and landlords,” Mr Corbell said.

“It gives everyone an opportunity to have their say about whether the law is operating fairly and effectively.”

The review will also examine issues relating to share housing, sustainability in rental homes and the standard of rental accommodation.

“I invite all members of the community who are interested in residential tenancy issues and the operation of the Act to look at the discussions papers on Justice and Community Safety website at www.justice.act.gov.au and to make a submission by 12 September 2014.

“There is also an online survey if people prefer to provide input this way.”

To assist people with their submissions, the first discussion paper raises issues facing all tenants and landlords, such as the terms of a tenancy agreement, sustainability in rental accommodation, share housing, and end of tenancy issues.

A second discussion paper focuses on social housing, discussing issues that relate to Housing and Community Services as a landlord and social housing tenants.

“I look forward to receiving the community’s feedback to assist with our review of the Residential Tenancies Act.”

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