Renters to get help from pop-up advice centres

Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre, in partnership with Tenants Victoria, are conducting pop-up tenancy clinics to local renters in Brimbank and Melton throughout April and May to provide advice to local renters. The clinics will be open in St Albans, Melton and Sunshine.

“We are excited to be offering this service to people in the west who are struggling with tenancy issues that affect their quality of life” said Marlene Dixon, Program Director at BMCLC, “Whether it is issues around leases, paying rent, leaving a property, repairs or bonds BMCLC will clarify a renters rights and responsivities and help them get a fair outcome.”

“It’s alarming how many people we see struggling with issues around housing. Housing insecurity links with many other social issues, including poor health, financial stress, lack of/loss of secure employment and family violence. This partnership will go a long way towards addressing those concerns.”

“It’s often not a fair fight when there is a dispute with landlords and real estate agents. We aim to even up the contest.”

The first clinic successfully took place on 19 March 2018. “And already we are seeing results. Ms Dixon Said. “We helped a sole parent who was living in a house with no hot water and a termite infestation. The place wasn’t habitable. We were able to help her end the lease and get her bond and first month’s rent returned.” (See case study below)

If you need legal advice on a rental matter the upcoming clinics are in:

• Monday 9 April – St Albans

• Monday 16 April – Melton

• Wed 2 May – Sunshine

To make an appointment, please contact BMCLC on (03) 8312 2020 or 1800 266 675. F

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