Housing

Greens ease financial burden for prospective tenants

In a small step to improve rental conditions, Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, the WA Greens housing spokesperson, has successfully amended the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2011 so that option fees paid by prospective tenants must be refunded within 7 days if their application is rejected. Option fees are commonly charged by real estate agents and are intended to cover the cost of finding another tenant if a prospective tenant subsequently turns down the property. The amendment was successfully moved in the Legislative Council last night and must now pass the Legislative Assembly.

“This will help reduce the risk of homelessness among lower income prospective tenants who may struggle to pay multiple option fees,” said Ms MacLaren. Read more »

National partnership agreement on remote indigenous housing

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 23 November 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Simon O'Brien

NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ON REMOTE INDIGENOUS HOUSING

1055. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:

I refer to the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing. Read more »

Residential Parks

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 23 November 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Simon O'Brien

RESIDENTIAL PARKS

1062. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Commerce:

I refer to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006. Read more »

Greens stand up for tenants’ rights

The Greens in Parliament will act to strengthen tenant’s rights during this week’s debate on the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2011 (RTA Bill) by moving to scrap the Government’s controversial proposed eviction powers, abolish option fees and place new time limits on keeping details about minors on tenant databases.

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens spokesperson for housing said the Government’s plan to have the courts rule on ‘objectionable behaviour’ is “heavy-handed, untested, and may lead to higher rates of homelessness in an extremely tight rental housing market.”

“Nearly 90 percent of Perth’s real estate is now out of reach for key and essential workers including police officers, teachers and nurses. More and more people rely on rental accommodation, making it all the more important that tenants’ rights are properly protected,” said Ms MacLaren. Read more »

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill: Second Reading

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[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 22 November 2011]
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Hon Dr Sally Talbot; Hon Lynn MacLaren

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AMENDMENT BILL 2011

Second Reading

Resumed from 7 September. Read more »

"Finding a place report" - implementation of recommendations

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 9 November 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Simon O'Brien

“FINDING A PLACE” REPORT — IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS

1007. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Housing: Read more »

Housing - energy efficiency

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[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 8 November 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Peter Collier

HOUSING — ENERGY EFFICIENCY

993. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Energy: Read more »

Property Law (Mortgagee's Power of Sale) Amendment Bill

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[COUNCIL — Thursday, 3 November 2011]
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Hon Adele Farina; Hon Michael Mischin; Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Dr Sally Talbot

PROPERTY LAW (MORTGAGEE’S POWER OF SALE) AMENDMENT BILL 2009

Second Reading

Resumed from 22 September. Read more »