"Advocates are calling for insulation to be regulated in all Australian rental
properties as research shows some people swelter through temperatures above 30C
in their homes for extended periods in summer.
Many of the hottest homes are those of people living in social housing, with
some residents forced to go into debt to buy air conditioners, or hose down
their houses to stay cool.
The tenant advocacy organisation Better Renting is tracking temperatures in 75
rentals across Australia to see how far they exceeded the recommended safe
limit of 25C for more than nine hours a day.
Joel Dignam, Better Renting’s executive director, said renters were recording
temperatures of up to 70C in their roofs, with the heat travelling down and
keeping the rooms above 30C for long periods of time.
One participant reported their Melbourne home reached 67C in the roof on Boxing
Day, when the temperature outside was 31C."
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