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 providing long-term housing given the State's housing affordability crisis.
- Notes that current regulations around boarding houses are failing boarding house tenants as:
- only a small number of boarding houses have registered on the Boarding House Register as required
- 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
- the current regulations do not adequately support the rights of boarding house tenants, particularly with respect to health and safety standards and rent increases.
- 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.