Too many rental homes in Victoria aren’t thermally up to scratch, with tenants paying for it in high heating and cooling bills and unhealthy living conditions. And all the wasted energy is adding to the state’s climate pollution.
As part of the Alternative Technology Association’s (ATA) work with the One Million Homes Alliance, which advocates for policy and programs to improve the thermal performance of Victorian homes, the ATA has long advocated for minimum standards for rental homes covering health, safety, security, and energy and water efficiency.
One Million Homes made a submission to a Victorian Government review of rental laws with a proposal designed to impose standards over time and in such a way as to minimise unwanted outcomes – rent increases, supply shortages and financial impacts on low-income landlords – during the transition.
The recommendations of the review are currently being presented to the Government. We need to make sure it hears the voice of renters and progressive landlords.
Visit the Rental Standards online page of Environment Victoria, the convenor of One Million Homes, and send an email to your MP to make sure rental homes are environmentally up to scratch.
If you’d like more information about the campaign, contact Dean Lombard at the ATA at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9631 5418.