Renters have the right to a comfy home that is healthy and liveable through summer and winter.
Canberra renters are freezing in winter and sweltering in summer because they’re being forced to live in inefficient ‘glorified tents’ that cost an arm and a leg to heat or cool.
This causes unaffordable power bills and it’s bad for our health. It’s especially bad for the elderly, people on low-incomes, or people with disabilities. Letting rental properties keep wasting energy is having the worst impact on the people who are most vulnerable.
The ACT Government could change this. They need to introduce energy efficiency standards for rental properties so that the one-in-three Canberrans who rent can have decent, liveable, comfy homes.