August 3rd. The temperature hit 2 degrees last night and there’s frost on the grass outside. Two weeks ago the heating went out, and the landlord’s phone has gone unanswered ever since. It’s like he’s guessed why we’re calling. It’s a good thing there are three families living in this three bedroom apartment. The extra body heat keeps the youngest kids from crying, although James is starting to ask questions, like why his home doesn’t look like his friends’ houses. Why are ten people huddled around an oil heater? And why are there wires hanging loose from the fluro lights in the bathroom?
It’s a story divorced from our view of life in Australia, but a recent study shows a rise in slum-like living conditions in Australia; a million Australians reside in poor living conditions, and more than 100,000 live in derelict housing. There are number of social issues at the root of these awful statistics, but one of those issues is unscrupulous landlords.
Last month domain.com published an article The answer to renters’ woes: A mandatory test for landlords that we here at Perspective found an interesting. Should potential landlords sit for a licence? Continue reading