Tertiary students, and particularly international students, renting in New South Wales are routinely subject to unfair, exploitative, and illegal practices by landlords. We believe that this review of the Residential Tenancies Regulation is an opportunity to close the loophole exempting private operators of institutionally-owned student accommodation from complying with the Act. We also believe that wider reforms are needed to promote fair treatment of international student renters in the private rental market. We therefore make the following recommendations:
Recommendation one: That the exemption to the Act for student accommodation should only apply to residences that are both owned and operated by the educational provider.
Recommendation two: That the Regulation be amended in line with the recommendations made in the UNSW Human Rights Clinic report.