A day in the life of Esther Smith, Tenant Advocate

2020-08-03
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Esther Smith, Tenant Advocate
Esther Smith is a Tenant Advocate at the Greater Sydney Aboriginal Tenants' Service (GSATS). In this interview she talks about her day-to-day experiences as an advocate, as well as what keeps her motivated and inspired.
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Secure, affordable tenancies and support for tenants key to preventing homelessness

2020-07-30
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Today the Tenants' Union NSW's CEO Leo Patterson Ross and Policy and Advocacy Coordinator Jemima Mowbray attended a public hearing of the Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia to speak to the Tenants' Union's submission. We've published our opening statement here.
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Job opportunity: Policy and Campaigns Officer

2020-07-29
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The Tenants' Union Policy and Campaigns Officer takes a lead coordinating and supporting collaboration in campaign work to make a positive and practical difference in the lives of people who rent their homes. The role involves a range of policy and advocacy work relating to campaigns, including relationship building and collaboration with members, renters and other stakeholders; research, report, submission and article writing on key issues identified as campaign priorities; and where appropriate representing the Tenants’ Union in external forums that provide an opportunity to influence outcomes for renters in key policy areas.
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COVID-19 factsheet in 7 community languages

2020-07-13
Covid-19 community language factsheet
The Tenants' Union has published a basic factsheet in 7 community languages summarising renters rights under COVID-19 regulations. The factsheet has information on paying rent, evictions, the rules on access to rented properties for getting repairs done, inspections for sale of premises, and other issues that renters are facing.
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Changes are coming

2020-06-26
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When we last published Outasite Lite at the beginning of April the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early stages and the NSW Government had just issued the first Public Health Order restricting the gathering and movement of people. In May and June those restrictions were eased slightly and from 1 July they will be eased further.
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Recently at NCAT

2020-06-26
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Getting back to site fee increases, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has recently heard and determined an interesting case where the operator issued two notices of increase, claiming the second notice cancelled the first.
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Economic stimulus proposal: Healthy & affordable homes

2020-06-22
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The Tenants' Union, together with over 50 other organisations, is calling for governments to invest in energy efficiency and solar PV for low income homes to stimulate tens of thousands of jobs, cut energy bills and emissions.
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Reflections on 10 years of Tenant Advocacy

2020-06-15
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After 10 and a half years, Maralyn Schofield is leaving her role as Coordinator of the Northern Rivers Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service. We took the opportunity to ask her for some of her reflections on the changes she's seen in the world of tenancy – and the things she'd like to see change in future...
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60 day stop on COVID-19 evictions ends, restrictions on evictions continue

2020-06-15
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From 14 June the initial 60 day stop on evictions for rent arrears where the household is in financial hardship due to COVID-19 ended. However, there are still restrictions on the eviction of impacted tenants for rent arrears. After 14 June, the landlord may only give a termination notice or apply to the Tribunal if the landlord has participated in the NSW Fair Trading formal rent negotiations process in good faith and only if it is fair and reasonable in the circumstances of the case. Only the Tribunal can determine if the eviction order should be made.
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International student COVID-19 crisis accommodation

2020-06-12
The NSW Government is funding temporary crisis accommodation for vulnerable international students in NSW during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme will be delivered through approved student accommodation and homestay providers. Service NSW is administering the application process and will allocate the accommodation. Applicants will not be able to self-select their accommodation.
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