A rent eviction is expected to begin next week in a property in the inner west of Melbourne after a rent-controlled building in the city’s inner north was forced to close due to the state government’s proposed rent freeze.
Key points:The property in Dalby will become a rent free zone in the next three yearsThe State Government says it will save $1 billion in operating costsA spokeswoman for the Victorian Government says the new tenant will have to find another place to live for the duration of the leaseThere are also plans to evict some residents in the area who do not have a valid mortgage.
The Dalby Apartments building in Dalbrigh Drive was demolished to make way for a new building, but some residents were forced to move in with friends or family.
“It was a real struggle,” said tenant, Lisa Wilson.
“We had to make the decision to leave.
I have a job, I’ve got a child, I’m living with my parents, so it’s not an easy thing to do.”
Ms Wilson said her landlord was the only person who was allowed to keep his rent low, but she said he had been unable to find a new tenant to occupy the property.
“I don’t know how much it’s going to cost, I just want it to be over and done with,” she said.
“The landlord is trying to take all the profits away from us.
We’re all really frustrated.”
Landlords are entitled to rent in excess of the maximum $1,500 a month.
The Victorian Government said it would save $US1 billion by reducing rents to below the national average.
It said it had received advice from its housing and community affairs department and would issue an eviction notice to all tenants who did not comply.
“In the coming weeks, the department will work with the landlord to determine the appropriate course of action to ensure that all eligible tenants are not forced to leave their apartments in Dalbigh Drive,” the spokeswoman said.
Ms Wilson has been renting in the building for more than 15 years, but is concerned about the new tenants, who are all from overseas.
“They don’t speak English, they don’t have a passport and they’re not even registered here,” she added.
“For them to come in and stay, I think that’s really unfair.”
Mr Wilson said the tenants were living in the same building as a group of four others.
“There’s one man with a broken tooth, another guy who’s been with me for two years, there’s another woman with an eye condition,” he said.”[The tenants] don’t even have the chance to have a meal.”
Mr Brown said it was too early to say how many of the tenants would be evicted.
“Some are in a state of shock,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“A lot of them are in shock because they’ve had no idea what was going on and they’ve been living there for years.”