NEWS

David and Goliath: One tenant’s 14-year battle for repairs

David Bott
Public housing tenant David Bott
David Bott’s long-running battle in the Tribunal shone a light on a serious issue which public housing tenants know all too well: the systematic failure of FACS to do necessary repairs. After 14 years, FACS made the necessary repairs, but only after getting dangerously close to being found in contempt of the Tribunal. Thanks to David’s tenacity, his case has also paved the way for significant changes to the way FACS will deal with repairs issues.
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New website for social housing

Screen shot of Family and Community Services site. Main text reads: We're here to help with housing. Find out how we can help with housing, how to apply, understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant or request help with a property
There is a new version of the Family and Community Services website being built. The new site is bringing together a variety of FACS websites, including the sites for Housing, Housing Pathways and the old Aging, Disability and Home Care. We encourage all tenants, tenant advocates and community workers to visit the site and leave feedback.
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Research into housing for younger people

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Are you living at home, sharing or renting on your housing? Are you aged between 18-35 years? Help make a difference for better housing choices.
Have your say on the type of housing young people want to live in today & in the future and receive a $50 Coles/Myer voucher for your time.
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Share Housing in Sydney: Questionnaire

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Older people are increasingly living in share accommodation. Simultaneously, there is an increasing use of ‘smart’ technologies that influence people’s access to and experience of housing. The University of Sydney is carrying out research covering both these issues and you can help!
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WESTS celebrates 10 years

WESTS team with Dr Geoff Lee
The Western Sydney Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service (WESTS) recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary at Western Sydney Community Legal Centre (WSCLC). WESTS can be proud to have reached this milestone knowing that they have helped many thousands of renters over the years – last year alone they assisted over 3,000 new clients.
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Utilities hardship research

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Coming home to a house with no power or living with fear of not being able to afford power bills is something no one should have to do. But with rising costs it's something we hear of more and more.
TUNSW is supporting research looking at how people cope with their energy and water bills and the circumstances that may lead to people being disconnected, either now or in the future.
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Guide: Boarding Houses and the Law

Boarding Houses Guide
The Inner Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service at Redfern Legal Centre has just published their updated legal guide for people living in boarding houses in NSW. The guide explains the ins and outs of the Boarding Houses Act 2012, as well as other laws that can apply to boarding houses.
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Tenant Advocates working together to support renters

Tenant Advocates at the TAAS Network Meeting
Last week, Tenant Advocates came together for the Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Services (TAAS) Network meeting. Around 60 Advocates participated in the meeting over two days, representing almost all TAASs from across New South Wales.
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