I've called on the ACT Government to investigate giving tenants the right to request a reference about their prospective landlord from previous tenants.
This will help address the information and power imbalance that exists between landlords and tenants.
Landlords know everything about a tenant; they know their income, employment, rental history and personal references. Tenants don’t know anything about their landlord and importantly they don’t know anything about their treatment of previous tenants. It’s unfair.
I've heard from many Canberra renters about their experiences with landlords. If you would like to share your story with me, please do so below.