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ACT Shelter is an independent peak community
organisation that provides strategic advice and
advocacy on housing policy issues that affect
people with no, or on low to moderate incomes

  • Stephanie Anderson | Canberra Times

Landlords encourage rent bidding

Renters are being asked to put their money where their mouth is as landlords encourage them to outbid each other in the search for a home.

Known as rent bidding and deemed ‘‘totally unethical’’ by community housing organisations, the practise sees potential tenants taking part in an informal auction to see how much money they will pay to secure accommodation.

Tenants’ Union ACT executive officer Deborah Pippen said the practice is against the code of conduct for licensed real estate agents, but private advertisers aren’t held to the same standards.

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  • Stephanie Anderson | Canberra Times

Rich public housing tenants evicted

The ACT government has begun evicting its wealthier public housing tenants, including one household earning more than $230,000 a year.

To date, 43 Housing ACT residents have been served with a notice to vacate as part of the government's crackdown on middle class tenants, which has caused concern amongs local welfare groups. Approximately 250 households of the 1000 public housing renters paying market prices have declared household incomes of more than $80,000 a year over one or two financial years. Of these, more than 100 have reported household incomes in excess of $100,000 a year.

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