As we move into September, we inch closer to the end date for Queensland's moratorium on evictions. Designed to protect those Queenslanders who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, we don't believe now is the appropriate time to end the moratorium.
More and more Queensland renters have been contacting our alliance members expressing concerns about potential homelessness, and anxiety for the overwhelming debt they have accrued while renting during the pandemic. Meanwhile, economists continue to discuss the potential impact of the "fiscal cliff" that the Australian economy will face, as stimulus packages and protections come to an end in September.
Queenslander tenants impacted by COVID-19, need continued support and protection.
We urge all of our supporters to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and contact our Housing Minister, Mick de Brenni, and Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, asking them to extend the moratorium. By continuing the moratorium to 31 December, our most vulnerable tenants will be protected from the mental, financial and physical stresses a premature eviction would cause.
Use our online template to send an email. For extra impact, add details of your personal experience and why you believe the extension is needed.
Outside of our COVID-related work, the MRFQ team and our alliance members have continued to advocate for better, permanent, tenancy law changes.
With the election only two months away, we have been contacting our political leaders asking for more information about how their party will better support the 36% of Queenslanders who rent their homes. Once we have collated their responses, we will pass the information on to you, so you can ensure your vote counts come election day. Stay tuned to our social media page for our election scorecard in upcoming weeks.
Until next time, stay safe...
The Make Renting Fair in Queensland team.