Residential Tenancy Databases
Tabled in Parliament Date:
For real estate agents and landlords, Residential Tenancy Databases are important resources for screening prospective tenants. However, despite their usefulness for landlords, these databases, which are run by private companies, were developed without a strong regard for tenants’ rights.
In May 2005, the Tenants Union of Victoria (TUV) approached the Commission to discuss the operation of residential tenancy databases in Victoria. The TUV was concerned about a number of recurring problems for tenants, including the lack of dispute resolution processes, the inability to correct listing errors, the duration of listings, the disproportionate effect upon vulnerable tenants, and discrimination.
During its inquiry, the Commission received a number of submissions from housing, real estate and tenancy bodies, and also consulted with database operators and other stakeholders.
Released in April 2006, the Commission’s report concluded that residential databases lacked sufficient regulation to protect the rights of tenants. The report recommended changes to how residential tenancy databases function and made general recommendations for their regulation.
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- Terms of reference received
- Submissions and consultations
- Submissions closed
- Final Report
- Tabled in parliament