English private tenants are not the only ones to suffer from insecurity
NPTO has links with private tenant groups in other countries and works to support them wherever it can.
Another country were rents are set by the market and there is lack of security of tenure in the private rented sector is Australia. In 1998 about 25% of Australians rented privately by 2011 the figure had risen to 30%. The social housing sector in 2009/10 was only around 3.9%. Australian landlords can give notice without any grounds. In Australia rents in the private sector are freely set by the market and can occur up to twice a year, after each contractual term of 6 or 12 months. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics median national weekly rent was $285 per week in 2011, compared with $190 in 2006. Leases are usually between 6 and 12 months. Landlords can terminate leases after each lease period without having to give any reasons.
For more information about the private rented sector in Australia please read the article in the International Union of Tenants magazine Global Tenant (December edition) at http://www.iut.nu/
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