Blue Mountains Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (BMTAAS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

(02) 4704 0201

Hours:

Mon:

9.30am - 12.30pm (Staff available all day)

Tue:

9.30am - 12.30pm (Staff available all day)

Wed:

9.30am - 12.30pm (Staff available all day)

Thu:

Staff available - Leave a message

Fri:

Staff available - Leave a message

ABOUT

COVID-19 service update: Tenant Advocates are working remotely to keep our advice service operating. Our main advice hours are 9.30am - 12.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Staff are available, however, from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. Please call and leave a message.

Blue Mountains Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (BMTAAS) is a free, confidential service that provides advice and information about your rights as a tenant; advocates on your behalf in negotiations with your landlord or real estate agent; represents you in the Tribunal; provides community education to tenants, community organisations and service providers on tenancy issues. Our services are available to renters from Lapstone to Mt Tomah. We help renters living in private rentals, social housing, Aboriginal housing, residential land lease communities, and strata title units. Please note: we require the full name of your landlord before we can provide tenancy advice.

BMTAAS is a program of Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre (formerly Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre).

NEWS

Staying Connected – TAAS Conference 2020

TAAS Conference 2020
Last week, over 100 Tenant Advocates participated in our first online Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services Conference. We explored a range of topics, including changes to tenancy laws, policy reform, and advocate work practice. We looked in detail at the effects COVID-19 has had on tenants lives, the Tribunal’s practices, tenancy law, and mental health. 
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Renters' Guide to COVID-19

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This guide covers common questions about renting during Coronavirus COVID-19 in NSW. A 60 day stop on evictions for some tenants began on the 14th July 2021. This has now been extended and will end on the 11th November 2021. The previous Eviction Moratorium Period which began in April 2020 came to an end on 26 March 2021. However a six-month Transition Period was implemented. During the Transition Period there will be limited protections against eviction for tenants with COVID-induced arrears and these are in addition to the 60 day stop on evictions for some tenants.
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Advice and advocacy for renters in every community

Tenant Advocates at the Network Meeting
Tenant Advocates are hard at work all across NSW – making sure tenants know their rights, so we can keep on building good homes and communities. Here are some of the recent examples of the work of our Network, from stalls in the community, to our Network Conference, to winning compensation for tenants, to resisting unfair evications, and helping tenants who are facing mutiple disadvantage.
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Important info for bushfire affected tenants

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We at the Tenants' Union are shocked and saddened by the unprecedented bushfire emergency of the last months. Some of you may have lost your rental accommodation to the fires or may have had your accommodation damaged. Some of you may have family, friends or neighbours who have been affected. We have compiled these resources which may be helpful.
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Reflections of a Blue Mountains Tenant Advocate

Jo Hibbert
Jo Hibbert has been a Tenant Advocate at the Blue Mountains Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service for seven years. Now she’s retiring for a well-earned break, so we took the opportunity to ask her for some reflections about her time in the world of tenancy. She talks about some of her experiences at the Tribunal, and the way the workload for Advocates has increased, but the funding hasn't. She also tells the story of a tenant who she defended from eviction six times!
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