Hunter Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (HTAAS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

(02) 4969 7666

1800 654 504

Hours:

Mon:

9am - 1pm

Tue:

9am - 1pm

Wed:

9am - 1pm

Thu:

9am - 1pm

Fri:

9am - 1pm

Note:

If you can't get through during advice hours please keep trying. Outside of advice hours, you can leave a message. If you are under threat of eviction, contact us using the link below.

 

ABOUT

What we do: Free telephone advice, information, advocacy, and (where appropriate) representation at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).

Who we can assist: people renting privately through a landlord or Real Estate Agent, tenants in Public and Community housing, tenants renting Caravan Parks, homeowners in Land Lease Communities and residents of Boarding Houses. Our services are available to renters in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook or the Great Lakes areas of Mid Coast Local Government Area.

If you have an Order of the Tribunal, a Notice of Termination, or are being threatened with eviction, please contact us via our online form.

NEWS

Mon, 05/12/2022 - 12:59

Standing Strong – Tenant Advocates Conference

In November 2022 almost 100 Tenant Advocates and guests gathered on Yuin Country for our Annual Conference. The theme of the conference this year was "Standing Strong" – in reference to the work Tenant Advocates do supporting tenants, especially through tough times like the last few years. 
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Tue, 09/11/2021 - 12:28

Forging Ahead – Tenant Advocates Conference

In October 2021, around 100 Tenant Advocates from across NSW came together online for our annual Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services Conference, under the theme 'Forging Ahead'. It was a great opportunity for Tenant Advocates to hear from each other about the issues faced by different renters, and to learn, discuss and innovate in our practice. A main focus of the Conference this year was the huge challenges faced by renters due to COVID and the ongoing housing crisis, as well as how we can forge ahead and continue to improve.
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Thu, 12/11/2020 - 14:24

Staying Connected – Tenant Advocates Conference

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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23/09/2022

Fair Market Value – A win in one case and an anomaly uncovered in another

An anomaly has been exposed in the safeguards for fair market value when setting site fees in new site agreements, when the operator owns the home that is being sold.
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23/09/2022

The non-compliant mediation form

An NCAT matter began as a collective application disputing a site fee increase at Milton Valley Holiday Park. At formal hearing the Member decided the Tribunal did not have jurisdiction on a…
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23/09/2022

Residents battle for clean water

Residents of a land lease community in western metropolitan Sydney have been forced to do battle over the quality of their drinking water. They have been concerned for a considerable period of…
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23/09/2022

Emergency services vehicle access

This article highlights the importance of operator compliance with all requirements under the Residential Land Lease Communities Act 2013 (RLLC Act). Operators are required under the RLLC Act to…
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23/09/2022

Wills and Probate

In a recent decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) Appeal Panel the question of whether a home can be sold (onsite in a community) without a grant of probate has been…
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23/09/2022

Quick updates

Quick updates on the KNV Appeal – the 'fixed' method of site fee increases, and on the 5 year Review of the Residential Land Lease Communities Act.
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23/09/2022

Working with resident advocates

Resident advocates are volunteers who usually live, or have lived, in land lease communities. They may be members of a resident organisation, or a residents committee, or just someone with a…
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23/09/2022

Rebecca Bryant, Advocate from VERTO South-West NSW TAAS

Rebecca Bryant works as a Tenant Advocate at VERTO, South West NSW Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS). We asked Rebecca some questions about her experience of advising and advocating for…
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23/09/2022

Reflecting on 21 years of advocacy for renters and land lease community residents

After more than two decades’ work as a dedicated advocate for tenants and then land lease community residents, Julie Lee is moving on to new pursuits. We took the opportunity to ask for her…
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07/09/2022

Tenant Advocate’s perspective – An interview with Marcus Neil

We took the opportunity of a recent visit to Murra Mia Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service to interview Tenant Advocate Marcus Neil.
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07/09/2022

Easy Read factsheets now available

The Tenants’ Union is happy to announce that we have five new factsheets available in Easy Read. Easy Read is a way to present information for people with low literacy or learning disability.
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26/08/2022

Join our board!

Join our board! The Tenants' Union is seeking expressions of interest from people who are passionate about our work supporting renters across the state.
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