Earlier this year, the ABC News reported that a couple from Horsham in regional Victoria were sent a bill for $78,000 after an accidental fire at their rental property in 2020. 

Following this, the landlord’s insurer dropped its claim for payment, and further campaigning by consumer advocates prompted the commitment.

The ABC reports that this is being celebrated as a big win by some consumer groups and legal services and means that renters can no longer be pursued directly for accidental unintentional damage and only for intentional damage.

However, according to the ABC, some consumer groups and legal services also agree that this was only the first step towards better practices across the insurance industry, and that legislative change was needed to provide stronger protections against this sort of activity. 

Read the full ABC News article. (External link)