DCLS supports reform that will ensure Residential Tenancy regulation is fair, safe and certain for tenants and landlords. A comprehensive reform of the current 20 year old legislation was promised in May last year and had bipartisan support.
After a truncated consultation period without public input, a Bill is now before the house which falls a long way short of the comprehensive reform promised. Further, as this Government comes toward the end of its term it remains unclear how substantive legislative change will be progressed to bring the NT in line with other states, and establish a framework to support secure housing in the Territory.
The joint statement below expresses the real concern of stakeholders in relation to what seems to be a lost opportunity. We collectively seek a commitment from the government to the crucial issues raised in the statement and an outline of the pathway to reform.