Greens Energy Spokesperson Shane Rattenbury has announced that he’s tabling an exposure draft of a Bill he plans to introduce to force landlords to offer better minimum standards of security, energy, and water efficiency:
“Canberra rents are very high, due to high demand, but some people don’t get what they pay for, and are stung with huge energy bills after winter because their house is so poorly insulated,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“Most landlords do the right thing, but some rental properties are substandard in terms of energy or water efficiency, or basic security, and tenants are often the ones left to foot the bill.“Landlords will be able to take advantage of government programs to assist with the cost of increasing the energy efficiency of their properties.
“The three key standards addressed by the bill are:
— Energy efficiency – EER 2 by January 2013, and EER 3 by January 2015. These are not high EERs, but changing a house from and EER of 0 to 3 can halve your electricity bill
— Water efficiency – can be met by fitting low flow shower heads and taps, and installing a dual flush toilet
— Security – the provision of deadlocks on external doors as well as locks on other external openings
If this gets up we can be certain sure this is going to see rents shooting up, and leases terminated to allow for higher rents to be imposed.
Is that short term pain worth the long term gain?
UPDATE: The exposure draft is now available online.