Everyone has the right to safe and secure housing. Housing Justice knows housing issues are complex, and often the result of other problems in people’s lives, including financial hardship, debt, family violence, and mental health. Housing Justice stands up for the rights of tenants, helping people to solve the problems affecting their tenancy so that they can stay in their rental homes.
Housing Justice is based in Bendigo and provides tenancy information, advice and practical support to people living in private rental properties or social housing across Central Victoria.Housing Justice can assist tenants with:
- Settling into a new rental home or wanting to connect with community support
- At risk of eviction or challenging a Notice to Vacate
- In a dispute with their property manager or landlord
- Negotiating with a government or community housing agency
- Attending the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
- Experiencing other issues that are affecting their tenancy
Tenancy Plus service aims to prevent homelessness by supporting people in public and community housing to sustain their tenancies. Housing Advocates work with clients to create a support plan that is tailored to their specific needs and personal goals. This includes working in partnership with other local services to connect tenants to the supports they need.
Tenant Assistance and Advocacy Program (TAAP) service supports vulnerable tenants in private rental properties, including privately operated rooming houses and caravan parks. Housing Advocates provide information and advice to tenants about their rights and responsibilities, help to negotiate with property managers and landlords, and advocacy support at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).