News and announcements

Important Information for People Affected by Bushfires

This NSW Office of Emergency Management has put out a newsletter containing recovery information for people impacted by bushfires in the Hunter, Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South East NSW regions.
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NSW Bushfire Housing Assistance Service

To assist people who have been impacted by the devastating bushfires, the NSW government has today announced the establishment of a dedicated Bushfire Housing Assistance Service.
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Getting Help, Helping or Getting Prepared during the 2019/2020 Bushfire Emergency.

For those affected by the bushfires, ACOSS has prepared the following guide for people who need help or want to help : https://www.acoss.org.au/media_release/getting-help-or-helping-during-the-2019-2020-bushfires-emergency/
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Important Info for Bushfire Affected Tenants

We at the Tenants' Union are shocked and saddened by the unprecedented bushfire emergency of the last weeks.

Some of you may have lost your rental accommodation to the fires or may have had your accommodation damaged. Some of you may have family, friends or neighbours who have been affected.  As a tenant you have rights under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 at times like these.
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Rental Bond Exit Survey launched

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In NSW we know a lot about how tenancies begin – there are lots of statistics and articles on rents at the beginning. But there's very little on how tenancies end. No government body in Australia is tracking how or why tenancies end – but in NSW we're taking the first step to get this information. From this week when you finalise your bond, look out for an email asking you to participate in a survey about the bond. We encourage all tenants to fill out this survey – it is a great opportunity to get new evidence about the way our renting system works at the end of tenancies.
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Tenants' Union Annual Report 2018-2019

Tenants' Union Annual Reports
It's been another year of great results for the Tenants' Union of NSW: 1 million sessions on tenants.org.au for critical renting information; 3,934 people helped with their renting issues; 1,500 workers trained in Residential Tenancy law; $80,000 recovered for 93 parks residents overcharged for electricity; We got 'no grounds' evictions on the political and media agenda, and built support for changes to make renting laws fairer. Read more in our Annual Report.
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Sector welcomes important reforms to tenancy laws to further protect victims-survivors of domestic violence

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We welcome the passing today of important legislation to improve the safety of domestic violence victims-survivors renting in NSW. Today’s Bill strengthens reforms which commenced in February this year which allow victims-survivors of domestic violence to end their tenancy immediately without penalty.
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Embedded networks on ABC's 7.30 Report

Mary Preston
Mary Preston, land lease community resident
Mary Preston is an amazing member of our network of land lease community residents. She works for fairness in her community and gathers frequently with other members of the network to discuss issues and solutions. Mary recently appeared on ABC's 7.30 Report in an investigation into embedded networks in land lease communities.
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Solar for All – including us renters

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Everyone deserves to be part of the shift to renewable energy but 35% of Australians are 'locked-out', unable to get the benefits of rooftop solar – because we rent (or live in an apartment, or have a shady roof, or we just can’t afford the upfront cost). The good news is that there is a solution – a Solar Garden. But we need your support to make Solar Gardens take off.
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NEWTAAS 2019 Annual Report

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It has once again been an incredibly busy year for the New England and Western Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service. This year we have had a few changes in staff, as well as significant casework and law reform challenges to deal with. In this Annual Report you'll also find short case studies and learn about cases where we’ve felt that we’ve been able to assist a client who really needed us.
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