Renting Matters is a new series of podcasts produced by the Tenants’ Union of NSW and Legal Aid NSW. This series is part of Legal Aid NSW's Law for Community Workers on the go – which keeps community workers up-to-date with legal topics and changes to the law – and has clocked up over 70 episodes with 23,000 downloads and counting.
Renting Matters features tenants and workers from across the Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service Network, the Tenants' Union and the community sector. In a relaxed, conversational style, guests share anecdotes, information and tips designed for busy people. We would love you to listen and subscribe via your preferred podcast platform, and share the podcast with friends and colleagues!
Episode 1 – Getting a Foot in the Door
In the first episode, Getting A Foot in the Door, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch of Legal Aid NSW explores applying for a new tenancy in NSW. Bridget speaks to Grant Arbuthnot, Principal Solicitor of the Tenants’ Union, about things to look out for when you are starting a tenancy. We also speak to Amity, a tenant in Sydney who has been renting for many years and has some great tips about looking for a new place to rent. There is useful information in this episode about how community workers can help clients looking for a new place to live.
In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch of Legal Aid NSW explores problems that arise during a tenancy, including issues about privacy; access to the property by the landlord or agent; repairs; security and utilities. We speak to Olivia, a Tenants’ Advocate with the Tenants' Union, about the sorts of issues people call the Tenants' Union and other tenancy services about once they are in a tenancy. We also speak to Merrilyn, who volunteers on the Tenants' Union advice line and who also works supporting clients with disabilities, including supporting them to maintain their tenancies when problems arise. There is useful information in this episode about how community workers can help clients address issues that arise during a tenancy.
In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch of Legal Aid NSW speaks to guests about the different circumstances in which tenants leave a tenancy. Bridget speaks to Amanda, a Tenants’ Advocate with the Northern Rivers Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service (NORTAAS) about these situations, including leaving because of domestic violence. We also hear from Jemima, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator with the Tenants' Union who talks about getting your bond back. There is useful information in this episode about how community workers can support clients leaving because of domestic violence and for other reasons.
This episode is all about landlords ending tenancies. We hear from Amanda Brooker and Alison Mackey (Solicitors working in the Housing and Tenancy service at Redfern Legal Centre) and Justin Abi-Daher (Assistant Principal Solicitor at Marrickville Legal Centre) about the issues tenants experience when a landlord ends their tenancy. Justin, Alison and Amanda explain when a tenant must leave after they receive a notice of termination.
Episode 5 – When you own the house but not the land
In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch at Legal Aid NSW speaks to guests about life in a Residential Land Lease Community in NSW. Bridget speaks to Paul, Land Lease Communities Solicitor and Julie, Land Lease Communities Officer at the Tenants’ Union about the laws governing these communities and the work they do helping residents across NSW. Bridget also speaks to Kim, a long term resident in a Land Lease Community, about her life and experiences there.