Jo Haylen moves that this House:

  1. Notes that the Summer Hill electorate has a comparatively high number of boarding houses, particularly in the Marrickville local government area.
  2. Notes that boarding houses are increasingly providing long-term housing given the State's housing affordability crisis.
  3. Notes that current regulations around boarding houses are failing boarding house tenants as:
    1. only a small number of boarding houses have registered on the Boarding House Register as required
    2. local councils are given inadequate resources to conduct inspections and enforce standards
    3. 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
    4. the current regulations do not adequately support the rights of boarding house tenants, particularly with respect to health and safety standards and rent increases.
  4. Calls on the Government to review current regulations to deliver a more robust framework of laws that ensure a better regime of regulations and inspections and provisions to better protect the rights of boarding house residents.