Homeless package increases tenants' rights

Under a Federal Government plan to halve homelessness by 2020 landlords could find it harder to evict tenants.

The Government's package will provide extra security for victims of domestic violence and also includes a brokerage fund to provide mortgage top-ups.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Kevin Rudd released the joint Commonwealth - state Road Home white paper, which has set out ambitious legislative reforms and interim targets to 2013. It aims to provide more services and specialist workers as well as reduce the rate of homelessness from 53 to 40 per 10,000 by the year 2013.

Mr. Rudd stated that "A country like this should not have this problem and as a nation we could do a lot better than that".

Initially the Government planned to provide $6.1 billion of funding but yesterday the states pledged an extra 1.2 billion over 4 years - which the Government hopes will create up to 10,000 jobs.

The main objective is to keep people connected to family networks and in their homes. The impact of without - grounds termination clauses on homelessness in state legislation and the lack of legislative protection for boarders and lodgers will be reviewed by the Government.

Lobby groups argue that legislation in many states, which allows landlords to evict tenants even if they have not breached their agreement, leads to retaliation and discrimination.

The white paper said that "most state and territory legislation permits termination of a tenancy without grounds by a landlord'. As a result, a tenant may be legally given notice and forced to leave their rented home through no fault of their own.

A brokerage fund jointly sponsored by the Commonwealth and states will help to keep victims of domestic violence in their homes. This fund will also help to pay for deadlocks, screen doors, security lighting and home alarms, plus fund short - term subsidies or mortgage top - ups.

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Published on January 1-th, 2009 in Home Loans
Damon Rasheed is the CEO of Rate Detective, an Australian financial service comparison sites specialising in Life Insurance, Income Protection Insurance and home loans. Damon holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne and has been involved in many start-up internet businesses.

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