The Renters' Guide to COVID-19 was developed to provide legal information about NSW tenancy situations arising as a result of the pandemic. All COVID-19 emergency measures have ended as of 13 February 2022. However, if termination and eviction proceedings commenced in the Tribunal on or before 12 February 2022 then the old COVID-19 Tenancy Protections may still apply to you.
Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its first round of data from last year's Census (2021). This is the key population data collected on Census night, though some really interesting data on mobility and tenure will be released with other 'additional location variables and employment data' due out in October. We'll be looking at the 2021 Census data and sharing the insights as we make our way through it. In this blog, we get us started with a few headline results about renting in NSW.
Climate change is not new. Scientists have been monitoring the effects of increased carbon in our atmosphere, and the reduction of greenhouse gases has been a well publicised global issue since at least the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. We are now living through climate disruption. Not every day will be hotter or every year a drought. But it will impact on our lives. And the houses we reside in are a major factor in ensuring a healthy and comfortable life. In this blog, Rita Wilkinson, looks at the challenges renters race in this context to stay comfortable and healthy in their homes.
The Tenants' Union of NSW along with NSW Council of Social Services, Domestic Violence NSW, Community Housing Industry Association NSW, Y Foundations, and Homelessness NSW are in uproar at lack of funding for safe, accessible, and affordable housing for low-income households in the NSW State Budget.
The Standing Committee on Social Issues of the New South Wales Legislative Council currently is conducting an Enquiry into 'Homelessness amongst older people aged over 55 in New South Wales'. We provided a submiossion. In this blog we run through some of the key experiences and problems we identify in our submission, and outline our key recommendations on what needs to change.
One outcome of the current housing crisis has been an increase in the construction and occupation of ‘granny flats’. All of the typical tenancy problems come up in relation to granny flats, as well as some additional challenges. This blog explores the issues and trends we see emerging by looking at disputes that can arise at installation, during a granny flat tenancy & when the tenancy ends.