Submission: Improving NSW Rental Laws


We encourage readers of this submission to understand renting as an essential service. People require not just basic shelter but a good home to live a safe, healthy and dignified life. Homes are our base from which we are connected to communities, broader society and can engage in social, cultural and economic activities. We recognise the renting sector requires a rebalancing to achieve this, with a new and elevated conversation that prioritises the common purpose across government, industry and community of ensuring all homes are good homes.

NSW is in the midst of a genuine renting crisis, especially for households on moderate and low incomes. The sector needs significant reforms to both the availability of homes at a diversity of price points and the regulatory framework to set expectations for both renters and landlords with a fair, clear set of rules for both parties. Importantly, the experience of these rules must be consistent with their intent.