Reform in the private rental sector is essential. Growing numbers of Australians rent their housing and increasing proportions are expected to rent long-term. This makes it essential that private rental housing meets the need that every person has for a secure and affordable home. It is getting harder for older renters to find adequate, appropriate and secure housing. Older women – the focus of my work – are at particular risk. Their stories point to the role of flaws in the Residential Tenancies Act in compounding housing insecurity.