Greens call on government to respond to Meriton’s threat of evictions

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Lee Rhiannon

6000 households in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast face an uncertain future as a result of Harry Triguboff’s threat to not renew leases and to sell properties if changes are made to tenancy laws in favour of tenants, said Australian Greens housing spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“Mr Triguboff’s comments show how damaging it is to have rented housing dominated by for-profit and private investor interests,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Today I have written to the Minister for Social Services to request that the government outline how it may offer certainty and assistance to these households if Mr Triguboff carries out his threat.

“One option we have asked the government to consider is purchasing these properties and turning them into public and community housing.

“This would offer those households more stability in terms of tenancy and rent prices. Tenancy laws should be reformed across the board to ensure more stability for all renting households in Australia.

“Mr Triguboff’s threat also highlights the need for the Greens’ policy for a national minimum standard for tenancy laws to strengthen protections for renters, including prohibiting ‘no-grounds’ evictions and regulating rent rises,” said Senator Rhiannon.

Background

“Can someone tell me if the government will not discriminate against investors? If I don’t get the answers, I will not renew any lease. I will sell all the rental properties, which I will vacate and I will not build any new ones.” – Meriton Managing Director, Harry Triguboff, The Australian, 2 November 2017.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/robert-gottliebsen/property-owners-in-sydney-face-new-risk-amid-policy-crackdown/news-story/0c2011c1fff2be57bec800c3d4da7e71

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