There is a growing discussion in Brisbane headed by the Green’s Jono Sri around discussion and activism on renter’s issues. A few years ago before he was elected councillor, he started a group called Brisbane Renter’s Alliance to discuss issues like dodgy landlords/real estate agentcies, excessive inspections etc. One idea to make change was the idea of a ‘rental strike’ where thousands of renters across Brisbane paid their rent late one fortnight to try and make pressure for change.
One policy idea being discussed are the right to remain or ‘renter’s tenure’ seen in some European countries (Germany, Sweden) where a rental lease can only be discontinued/terminated with just cause such as rental agreement breach, arrears or the owner or their family wanting to take up residence.
The other main policy idea is rent controls, and the current discussion is about what they would be tied to. Some discussed options are tieing the rate to Centrelink payments or the average income of renting demographics, or limiting yearly rental raises to CPI/minimum wage increases.
Where this ties to Pirate values: the right to privacy is tied to the right to safety, or in other words the right to an affordable home where you feel safe. It’s also a civil liberty for everyone to have access to a home they can consider ‘their own.’ There are also social implications of enabling more permanent housing arrangements as this will encourage stronger and more close knit communities, creating more social connectivity and enabling things like more effective issue campaigning or community projects.