Greens plan to give renters stronger voice

RENTERS could get more bargaining power with landlords under an election proposal from The Greens.

The minor party's policy aims to create a national standard for tenancy issues such as rent increases, power and water charges and maintenance.

Greens housing spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam said renters deserved a "level playing field that is nationally-consistent".

The policy announcement said it would cost $100 million each year in $500 grants for property owners to upgrade properties, plus $3 million to extra tenancy advocacy services.

The policy has not been costed by the Treasury as to what the effect on the budget would be if it was implemented.

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