February 21, 2019
Foundation Housing has been announced as a major sponsor of the 2019 WA Tenancy Conference, a two day event exploring issues around housing, tenancy and law reform.
As the state’s largest landlord after the Department of Communities, the community housing provider is eager to support initiatives that benefit renters.
This year the conference will examine issues around tenancy law ahead of State Government’s review of Residential Tenancy Act. Conference conveners TenancyWA will be using the event to call for a range of rental reforms including minimum property standards for rental accommodation, an end to unfair evictions and protections for Boarders and Lodgers.
Foundation Housing CEO Kathleen Gregory says that the organisation supports the review of the act, although many of the proposed reforms are already current policy within the not-for-profit organisation.
“We house some of the state’s most vulnerable people such as elderly pensioners, people with disabilities and people transitioning out of homelessness. All of our tenants and lodgers are on low incomes and so they have limited accommodation options beyond social and community housing. We’re taking this opportunity to advocate on their behalf, and also on the behalf of those in similar positions who rent elsewhere,” she added.
The conference will feature a session on ‘Tenant Voices’ which will provide opportunities for input and learning for current and potential tenants.
“I’m really pleased we can support such an important opportunity to connect tenants with information and services that will help them, and also provide professional development opportunities for those working with tenants,” Kathleen said.
Registrations are now open at here with low rates available for individual low-income tenants.