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Housing crisis needs real solutions as Tasmanians suffer

Krista and her family have been stuck on the priority housing waitlist for 42 months. She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.

Krista and her husband already struggle to pay rent, and in July will have to leave their private rental home because they can’t afford the rent any more.

With nowhere to go the couple and their three teenaged children will be living in their car.

Life in Tasmania should not be like this, but for people like Krista the housing crisis is causing deep stress and anxiety for her and her family.

It is because of these circumstances Tasmanians, like Krista, have been prioritised in Labor’s Right Priorities Plan.

Housing affordability is getting worse in Tasmania for renters with Hobart now one of the least affordable places for renters in the whole country. At the same time thousands languish on the housing waitlist, a waitlist that has quadrupled in the time the Liberals have been in power.

A future Labor Government will ease the rental crisis in Tasmania by incentivising the development of 1,000 new private rental homes over five years. The new properties will have to remain in the rental market for at least 30 years.

Labor will also regulate the short stay market, including a policy to put a pause on new whole-home short stay permits that will help prevent the loss of any more rental housing from the market.

In addition to other social housing commitments, Labor will further increase the supply of social housing by urgently repairing 215 houses that remain untenantable and therefore unused.

After 10 years of Liberal Government, renting has never been less affordable or more difficult in Tasmania.

Jeremy Rockliff’s priorities are all wrong – he’s more concerned with putting a roof on a stadium than over the heads of Tasmanians.

Tasmania needs solutions to the housing crisis and Labor will help deliver them.

June 1 2023

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