Jo Haylen moves that this House:
- Notes that the Summer Hill electorate has a comparatively high number of boarding houses, particularly in the Marrickville local government area.
- Notes that boarding houses are increasingly relied upon as long-term housing.
- Considers the current regulations are failing tenants as:
- only a small number of boarding houses have registered on the Boarding House Register;
- local councils are given inadequate resources to conduct inspections and enforce standards;
- fines for non-compliant boarding houses are provided to the State Debt Recovery Office and not to local councils, resulting in a lack of motivation by councils to conduct inspections and enforce standards; and
- the current regulations do not adequately support the rights of boarding house tenants, particularly with respect to health, safety standards and rent increases.
- Calls on the Government to review current regulations to deliver a more robust framework of laws to better protect the rights of boarding house residents.