Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Lifestyle

Part of the Canberra community
for over 30 years

Greens plan to make rental more expensive back on the table

By johnboy - 14 February 2012 67

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is letting us know that his plans to make renting more expensive, but more environmentally friendly, are back on the table:

This week, the Greens will bring back their Rental Standards Bill. A failure to implement the bill’s minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties is effectively leaving 1/3 of Canberrans out of the Government’s plans to improve energy efficiency.

The bill, which was introduced last year, sets basic minimum energy, water and security standards for rental properties in the ACT, including public housing.

“30% of the ACT’s housing stock is tenanted and the Greens bill will deliver significant benefits for Canberra renters,” Greens climate change spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury MLA, said today.

As a renter I can’t say I relish getting kicked out of my current place so the landlord can undertake remedial standards work, and then having to rent a new place recently refurbished with a landlord trying to recoup the costs.

What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
67 Responses to
Greens plan to make rental more expensive back on the table
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
Diggety 2:18 am 03 Mar 12

Watson said :

What an exaggeration. Sounds a bit conspiracy nutter even.

I would hate having my rent put up for any reason, but it’s going to keep going up anyway disproportionally to the CPI as a result of skewed market forces and without any improvements to the property.

Conspiracy? Don’t shy away from argument, my dear Watson.

it’s going to keep going up anyway disproportionally to the CPI as a result of skewed market forces and without any improvements to the property.

Of couse rental prices will rise as a function of CPI. That was never disputed.

But you’ve never noticed higher prices as a function of Government?:

– Locked land release
– High average salaries of public servents.

There are plenty of struggling people in Canberra paying silly amounts of money on rent. There is one (not a good example as he options) floating on the lake right now.

devils_advocate 8:37 am 01 Mar 12

Deref said :

The single biggest issue with energy efficiency has to be orientation. As far as I know, no party is talking about mandating north-south orientation for all new buildings, yet the cost would be negligible to zero for new developments.

No. This may have been the case with the older, larger residential blocks but certainly not the case with new developments. This is because the block sizes are so small it severely limits options as far as locating the house on the block, and the living areas. For example, the driveway has to be at the front of the property, obviously, but there is no option to run it out the back past the house into the garage – the garage has to be located at the front of the block. And of course people want the sleeping areas away from the street as much as possible, so at teh back o fthe block. This explains why, when you go through the newer suburbs, so many of the houses look the same.

Now of course within the constraints above you can play around to try and optimise, but having done a fair few new builds, it truly is an exercise in constrained optimisation.

Watson 8:21 am 01 Mar 12

Diggety said :

jezman said :

To all those who are accusing the Greens of short-sightedness : This decision would cause rent to rise on some properties which is a short term problem. The issue being tackled here is a long-term problem that has also been around for a long time, that is, too many houses in Canberra have unacceptably poor thermal performance, resulting in high heating/cooling costs and environmental problems.

This kind of policy was needed so long ago that it will be problematic to dump a long list of requirements on landlords all at once. Policies like this need to be introduced gradually, as successful ones often do. For example this year it could be required of landlords to install ceiling insulation in any houses where insulation is inadequate, but only if a tenancy finishes. After 2-3 years that could extend to wall insulation (very possible to retrofit insulation in most Canberra houses).

And clearly no political party has been good at keeping rent low in Canberra. This is another long term problem that requires forward thinking and has to do with much more than the cost of renovating.

Jezman, let me get this straight, you want the Government to:

1. Intervene and undermine an agreement between two willing parties
2. Use violence as a means to implement that intervention
3. Financially burden the capital and ongoing costs of two parties
4. You (and the political party proposing the idea) submit no detailed reasons on why this use of Governmental force is warrented.

Yep, you fit right in with the Greens jezman.

What an exaggeration. Sounds a bit conspiracy nutter even.

I agree with Jezman. I would hate having my rent put up for any reason, but it’s going to keep going up anyway disproportionally to the CPI as a result of skewed market forces and without any improvements to the property. At least the energy rating improvements would keep my heating costs down. I cringe every time I hear my heater come on because it’s like I can almost see the $50 notes float out of the ludicrously badly insulated house.

If I had a choice between a more expensive high EER property and a cheap dump with 0 EER, I might feel forced to choose for the latter. I would actually rather that that choice be taken away from me than to spend another winter in a freezing cold house while paying through the nose for heating.

Deref 7:47 am 01 Mar 12

The single biggest issue with energy efficiency has to be orientation. As far as I know, no party is talking about mandating north-south orientation for all new buildings, yet the cost would be negligible to zero for new developments.

Diggety 11:43 pm 29 Feb 12

jezman said :

To all those who are accusing the Greens of short-sightedness : This decision would cause rent to rise on some properties which is a short term problem. The issue being tackled here is a long-term problem that has also been around for a long time, that is, too many houses in Canberra have unacceptably poor thermal performance, resulting in high heating/cooling costs and environmental problems.

This kind of policy was needed so long ago that it will be problematic to dump a long list of requirements on landlords all at once. Policies like this need to be introduced gradually, as successful ones often do. For example this year it could be required of landlords to install ceiling insulation in any houses where insulation is inadequate, but only if a tenancy finishes. After 2-3 years that could extend to wall insulation (very possible to retrofit insulation in most Canberra houses).

And clearly no political party has been good at keeping rent low in Canberra. This is another long term problem that requires forward thinking and has to do with much more than the cost of renovating.

Jezman, let me get this straight, you want the Government to:

1. Intervene and undermine an agreement between two willing parties
2. Use violence as a means to implement that intervention
3. Financially burden the capital and ongoing costs of two parties
4. You (and the political party proposing the idea) submit no detailed reasons on why this use of Governmental force is warrented.

Yep, you fit right in with the Greens jezman.

jezman 9:43 pm 29 Feb 12

To all those who are accusing the Greens of short-sightedness : This decision would cause rent to rise on some properties which is a short term problem. The issue being tackled here is a long-term problem that has also been around for a long time, that is, too many houses in Canberra have unacceptably poor thermal performance, resulting in high heating/cooling costs and environmental problems.

This kind of policy was needed so long ago that it will be problematic to dump a long list of requirements on landlords all at once. Policies like this need to be introduced gradually, as successful ones often do. For example this year it could be required of landlords to install ceiling insulation in any houses where insulation is inadequate, but only if a tenancy finishes. After 2-3 years that could extend to wall insulation (very possible to retrofit insulation in most Canberra houses).

And clearly no political party has been good at keeping rent low in Canberra. This is another long term problem that requires forward thinking and has to do with much more than the cost of renovating.

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site