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Renting and extreme heat in Merri-Bek

By February 1, 2024No Comments
A small weatherboard terrace house in an inner city street.

Extreme heat creates significant health and wellbeing impacts, and causes more deaths than all other extreme weather events.

These impacts are expected to worsen due to climate change, so it’s important we do everything we can to keep our communities safe during extreme heat.

We often face the greatest risks from heatwaves in our homes – however little is currently known about how being a renter affects our experiences and responses to extreme heat. Although landlords have to meet minimum heating requirements for rentals in winter, in Victoria there’s no minimum cooling requirements.

This is important in Merri-Bek, where there is a large number of renters.

A University of Melbourne student research project this summer is exploring how renters in Merri-Bek experience and respond to extreme heat. The project is being conducted by Lucy Manne, a Merri-Bek resident and Masters of Geography student at the University of Melbourne.

To take part in this project, you can take part in a short online survey. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete:

You can also sign up to take part in a 1 hour interview:

By taking part in this research project, you will be contributing to building a stronger evidence base of how extreme heat is impacting renters, and what governments can do better to address the risks of extreme heat.

For more information contact

The Plain Language Statement for this project can be viewed here: