The Tenants' Union of Tasmania is calling on parties to end "no reason end of lease evictions", limit rent increases to the consumer price index or similar, and to remove the ability to blacklist family violence victims for issues caused by perpetrators.
The Tasmanian Residential Rental Property Owners Association has also written to each party with questions about tenancy laws, including their positions on minimum efficiency standards for rentals and whether they would restrict the amount of information rental owners could request in their tenancy decision-making.
Both groups - one for tenants, one for landlords - plan to publish the responses from each party in an effort to inform voters ahead of the election.
In a nine-page document sent to the major parties, the Tenants' Union described Tasmania's rent control laws as "the weakest in Australia".
"With median rents across Tasmania having increased by 37 per cent over the last five years, a landlord can justify a rent increase of this amount for no other reason than that it is market rent," the document reads.
"It is clear that market mechanisms are not working efficiently in the Tasmanian housing market."
The Residential Tenancy Act has recently been amended to allow leases to be terminated without penalty in family violence situations, but the Tenants' Union remained concerned that victims of family violence could still be included on a blacklist of tenants. They urged changes to the Act to prevent this.
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Other issues included introducing standard lease agreements for Tasmania to prevent real estate companies from inserting requests of tenants that were unlawful under the Act, such as asking if prospective tenants were married and requesting at least four referees.
The Residential Property Owners Association believed landlords had been targeted by "unfathomable government intervention" in the past 12 months, including the eviction moratorium.
Their letter to parties outlined concerns that the rights of landlords would be eroded in a rent control amendment that was presented to Parliament this year.
"The selective targeting of landlords and removal of several of their inherent rights has led owners to question the perception that those in power have of their fundamental rights in a residential tenancy relationship," the letter reads.
They also asked parties if they would remove owners' rights to determine if pets were allowed in tenancies.
Last year, Premier Peter Gutwein disputed whether rental prices in Tasmania were "out of control".