Security of tenure is an important issue for the growing number of people who are unable to afford to purchase a house, and are long-term renters in the private rental market. Key factors which influence security of tenure include the duration of a standard tenancy, notice periods, and termination rights. The extent to which the law should regulate security of tenure is a matter for debate.
In Australia, tenancies are commonly offered for a fixed period of six or 12 months. Under residential tenancy laws in most states and territories, landlords can terminate the tenancy at the end of the fixed term, or during a subsequent periodic tenancy, after giving the required notice period; and without needing to provide a reason (that is, ‘no grounds’ termination). In Tasmania, a landlord can only terminate a periodic tenancy by relying on one of four grounds listed in the Act: for example, that the premises will be used as a residence by a family member of the owner.
This article outlines reforms to improve security of tenure in Ireland, England and Scotland.
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