Renting: What needs to change?

13/05/2021
Rainbow and houses graphic. Text reads: somewhere over the rainbow, there's a place called home.
“There’s no place like home.” But for so many of us who rent, current tenancy laws and practice prevent renters from feeling the sense of being settled and secure needed to really feel 'at home'. Part of our work at the Tenants Union NSW is to push for change & towards housing justice. We want to hear from you: what needs to change? What renting issues are most important to you, and why? Please take a minute and take our survey.
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Public housing maintenance: a 'real fix' needed

11/05/2021
Yesterday the Tenants' Union NSW's CEO Leo Patterson Ross and Policy and Advocacy Coordinator Jemima Mowbray attended a public hearing of the Follow Up Review of the Management of Public Housing Maintenance Contracts. We were able to speak to the submission made by the Tenants' Union and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Here we publish our opening statement to the Inquiry in full.
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COVID Eviction Moratorium ends; Transition Period begins

25/03/2021
Renters Guide to COVID-19
The COVID eviction Moratorium Period which began in April 2020 is coming to an end on 26 March. However a six-month Transition Period will follow, during which there will be limited protections against eviction for tenants with COVID-induced arrears. 
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Outasite Lite 39 - land lease community news

22/03/2021
Home owners from Rivergum holiday retreat with Tenant Advocates
Outasite Lite 39 is on its way to subscribers' inboxes all over New South Wales. Articles in this issue: The long road, Kincumber Nautical Village Appeal update.
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Kincumber Nautical Village Appeal update

22/03/2021
On 13 November 2020, Liesl Tesch, MP and Member for Gosford made a Private Members Statement in the NSW Parliament regarding Kincumber Nautical Village (KNV). Ms Tesch had become aware of the dispute regarding the fixed method site fee increase which she said “appears as a disappointing abuse of power and disrespect of residents and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal [NCAT] by the owner”. Ms Tesch commended the action of the residents, Bob Morris (who is representing the residents), the residents’ committee and the Tenants’ Union for supporting residents through their disputes.
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The long road

22/03/2021
Home owners from Rivergum holiday retreat with Tenant Advocates
Rivergum Holiday Park at Corowa is a small community with about 45 residents including Bob Myles who was one of the first home owners to take an electricity dispute to the Tribunal under the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act (the Act). In February 2017 the Tribunal made an order that the operator was to provide Mr Myles with copies of their electricity accounts so that he could check whether or not he was being overcharged. It was this decision that was later cited by a number of other home owners who were seeking access to their operator’s accounts under section 83 of the Act.
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Submission: Land Lease Communities Act Review

11/03/2021
The Tenants’ Union welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the Discussion Paper on the Statutory Review of the Residential Land Lease Communities Act (2013).
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40 organisations publish open letter calling for stronger protections during COVID transition

05/03/2021
Text reads Regional NSW in rental crisis - Extend the eviction moratorium
40 community organisations sign on today to Open Letter calling for stronger protections and additional financial support for COVID impacted renters through transition 
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Open Justice and the Tribunal (NCAT)

25/02/2021
Court doors, door open with light streaming through
The Tenants' Union NSW recently provided a short submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission's Open Justice Review currently underway. We focused on two key issues. First, the importance of publishing reasons for decisions in tenancy law matters. Second, the need to make available more statistical data about tenancy law matters heard by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).
We recommended NCAT increase the number of decisions with reasons being published, and the quantity, range and regularity of the statistical data it currently shares about tenancy matters heard at NCAT.
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Responses to Homelessness, January 2021

22/02/2021
Line drawing of a blue house
Check out our submission to the NSW Audit Office's Audit of the NSW Government's responses to homelessness. Everyone deserves a safe, secure, affordable home, and the NSW Government is failing to meet its commitments to ensure our communities' well-being.
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