Rent Reduction Calculator

2020-05-11
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We are proud to make this calculator available to people in NSW looking at negotiating rents. It's an unfamiliar process for many people, and it can be tricky working out what you can afford to agree to or what offer you should make! This calculator lets you put in a range of information about your rent and income situation and then allows you to check what different scenarios of reduction look like over time.
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Support for JobSeeker claimants

2020-04-30
Welfare Rights Centre
The Welfare Rights Centre has launched a campaign to let new JobSeeker claimants know that help and support are available. If you are struggling with a Centrelink decision about your JobSeeker claim or another social security matter, you can call the specialist lawyers at Welfare Rights Centre for free legal assistance.
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Being evicted? Can you share your story or photo?

2020-04-24
Kings Cross
Although there is a moratorium on evictions in NSW, it won't stop all evictions for all renters. Now more than ever, it's important to share your story. If you are facing eviction and you are willing to speak publicly, please get in touch.
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Are evictions stopped in NSW? Yes. But...

2020-04-15
A stop on evictions! But...
From Wednesday 15th April the NSW Evictions Moratorium came into effect. So there is a stop on evictions, at least for 60 days – but not on all evictions and not for all people. For more detail, read our series of resources covering the eviction moratorium, rent and other issues during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Clarity for renters as stop on evictions announced

2020-04-13
The Tenants’ Union of NSW welcomes this morning’s announcement from the NSW Government confirming that protection for renters is on its way. We understand the package includes a temporary stop on evictions, a requirement for landlords to engage in meaningful negotiations and greater advocacy support for tenants.
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Tenants’ Union leadership – from strength to strength

2020-04-09
Leo on ABC News
The Tenants’ Union is pleased to announce Leo Patterson Ross as our new Chief Executive Officer. Leo has worked in housing and community development for almost two decades – including as a Tenant Advocate, Advocacy & Research Officer, and most recently as Tenants’ Union Senior Policy Officer. Throughout this time Leo has fought passionately for renters’ rights – with justice around land and housing as his driving goal.
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How the COVID-19 pandemic may impact land lease communities

2020-04-06
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There is no doubt we are living in strange and worrying times where everything is changing almost on a daily basis, including the law. The Tenants’ Union has had a number of enquiries from land lease community residents about the impacts of COVID-19, which we will address in this special issue of Outasite Lite.
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Service NSW COVID19 Hotline

2020-04-03
Service NSW has established a 24 hour/7 day a week hotline to support people and business operators throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with questions about support and government assistance, phone 13 77 88. Staff can follow up about specific concerns as well as give general information.
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Evictions banned? Rent relief? – COVID19 update

2020-03-30
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An eviction moratorium has been announced, but not yet implemented. Renters need this urgently, along with a system where we aren’t saddled with massive debts. This crisis is a whole-of-community problem. Governments need to step in to facilitate rent relief.
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Protect our communities: no evictions in a health crisis

2020-03-26
Protext our communities - no evictions in a health crisis
We are community coalition made up of 70 people and organisations who work with renters and research housing problems. The COVID19 epidemic is a public health crisis that will be made worse by evictions. We call on the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to ensure no evictions happen during this crisis.
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