Submissions are in!

2015-03-02
House
January 30 was the final day for submissions on the draft Residential (Land Lease) Communities Regulation 2014. NSW Fair Trading will now consider the submissions and prepare a report for the Minister for Fair Trading. The Tenants’ Union consulted with resident groups and the Tenants Advice & Advocacy Network in the course of preparing our submission, read more in this issue of Outasite Lite.
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Reprieve for residents of Hastings Point Holiday Park

2014-11-28
Hastings Point residents
Hastings Point Holiday Park has been in the process of closing for some time and a seniors living development is being built in its’ place. During 2012 the remaining approximately 30 residents of the park were served with Notices of Termination of their site agreements for change of use. Read more about their story in this issue of Outasite Lite.
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Draft Regulations released!

2014-11-28
Residents
NSW Fair Trading Minister released the draft Residential (Land Lease) Communities Regulation 2014 at a residential park in the Tweed on 17 October. The Regulation is the final piece in the reform of residential parks legislation. It is necessary to carry out the purpose of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013.
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Affordability biggest concern

2014-09-22
Letters
The Tenants’ Union recently wrote to all park residents on the Outasite mailing list to check that it is accurate. We had a great response with 563 people from 163 different parks requesting copies of Outasite. Because we were writing to people, we also undertook a quick survey. We asked residents to nominate what they consider to be the top three issues in residential parks. Read about the results in this issue of Outasite Lite.
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Terence faced damp and mould in public housing for years

2014-07-14
Terence, a public housing tenant, in front of his house
Terence, Sydney public housing tenant
Terence is a tenant of Housing NSW. His property was riddled with damp and mould for years. This exacerbated his health problems and forced him to sleep in a recliner chair in lounge room rather than his bed.
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Insights from Jim Allen, Coordinator of Murra Mia Aboriginal Tenants' Service

2014-07-01
Murra Mia tenant advocates
Murra Mia Tenant Advocates
“If we had walked together side by side as a country, walked together as equals, we would have developed in step with each other.” Jim Allen, Coordinator of Murra Mia Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service, shares some insights based on his many years as a Tenant Advocate.
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Electricity: charges and changes

2014-06-02
Electricity
On 1 July 2013 new rules governing the sale of electricity and gas to residential and small business energy customers came into force in NSW. The rules are part of the National Energy Customer Framework (NECF), which is a national customer protection framework and its implementation involved the transfer of state and territory legislation into a single set of national Laws, Regulations and Rules.
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Tales from the Illawarra

2014-06-02
Illawarra
The Illawarra region on the South Coast of NSW is home to nine residential parks providing accommodation to over 2,000 long term residents. Many are located in an enviable position between the Illawarra escarpment and the ocean. Earlier this month, Julie and Jemima from the Tenants’ Union Residential Parks Team travelled to this beautiful region.
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Spreading the word

2014-06-02
Parks team
The Tenants’ Union is excited to announce that the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales has provided us with funding to support the provision of a new suite of resources and a community education outreach project on the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013.
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We're back!

2014-06-02
Parks team
Welcome to the new look Outasite Lite. So much has happened in the world of residential parks since issue 14 was published in December 2013. Sadly, the Park and Village Service (PAVS) is no longer funded as part of the Tenants Advice and Advocacy Program. Instead, the Tenants’ Union of NSW now receives some funding to provide information to park residents.
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