Survey Shows Eight Out Of 10 Renters Don't Report Problems To The Landlord

Due to fear of eviction


14 March 2019

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A new report has shown that as many as eight in 10 NSW renters are not reporting issues with the property to their landlord.

This is understood to be a result of a fear of eviction, with the Tenants' Union of NSW report looking at the lack of clarity for tenants around eviction, bonds and termination.

Of the stats, some are particularly harrowing.

For example, 90 per cent of renters in the report said that being forced to move would cause serious financial and emotional distress.

Also, 75 per cent of renters refrained from reporting issues to the landlord due to a fear of eviction, while 60 per cent said that 'no ground eviction' treats had strained their relationship with their landlord.

"One of the detrimental things is no one tracks evictions. There is no data set that can give you an idea of how many evictions there are each year," Tenants' Union NSW senior policy officer Leo Patterson Ross said.

"[Landlords] don’t think of themselves as service providers, they think of themselves as investors. As long as the money comes in, for some that’s where the concern for tenants ends."

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