Inner West Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (IWTAAS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

(02) 9559 2899

Hours:

Mon:

9.30am-1pm, 2-5pm

Tue:

9.30am-1pm, 2-5pm

Wed:

9.30am-1pm, 2-5pm

Thu:

9.30am-1pm, 2-5pm

Fri:

9.30am-1pm, 2-5pm

Note:

You can also contact us via the webform at mlc.org.au

ABOUT

COVID-19 service update: Tenant Advocates are working remotely to keep our advice service operating. When you call our Service you will be asked to leave a voicemail identifying your name, suburb, phone number, whether your matter is urgent or not and short description of the issue. We try to return all calls within 24 - 72 hours. Alternatively on our website you can submit an online enquiry and we will get in contact. When we call you we will be calling from a private number.

Inner West Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (IWTAAS) gives free telephone advice to tenants on their rights and responsibilities. After identifying the nature of your tenancy issue we will ask you to leave your name, suburb and telephone number and a tenant advocate will call you back. We try to return all calls within 24 - 48 hours, however calls from boarders and lodgers will be taken immediately whenever possible. Our services are available to renters in the local government areas of Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Marrickville, and Strathfield. Please note that we do not give advice to landlords.

IWTAAS also provides legal education sessions and lobbies for law reform to help tenants. In particular we want greater protection for people who live as boarders or lodgers, who are some of our communities' most vulnerable people.

IWTAAS is a program of Marrickville Legal Centre.

Submit an online enquiry at mlc.org.au.

NEWS

Tenant Advocates come together for Network Meeting

Tenant Advocates at the Network Meeting
Tenant Advocates from across New South Wales recently came together for another successful Network Meeting organised by the Tenants' Union. There were sessions on the new domestic violence tenancy laws, the 'pay to stay' principle in relation to rent arrears, electricity in land lease communities, the NDIS, social housing transfers, and much more.
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Tenants demand action on ‘no grounds’ evictions – new report released

cartoon of furniture upside down
The Tenants’ Union of NSW with Marrickville Legal Centre has released the findings of a new report exploring the impacts of no grounds evictions. Just over three quarters (77%) of renters have held back from asserting a right or reporting a problem because they worried about receiving a ‘no grounds’ eviction.
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Tenant Advocates working together to support renters

Tenant Advocates at the TAAS Network Meeting
Last week, Tenant Advocates came together for the Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Services (TAAS) Network meeting. Around 60 Advocates participated in the meeting over two days, representing almost all TAASs from across New South Wales.
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Make Renting Fair gains momentum

Make Renting Fair campaigners and supporters in Redfern
In NSW current tenancy legislation allows landlords in the private market to end a tenancy without having to give a reason. This means renters are often scared to enforce their rights because they know they can get kicked out for things like asking for repairs or challenging an excessive rent increase. Make Renting Fair is a community campaign calling for law reform to end these unfair evictions. Support for the Make Renting Fair campaign continues to grow.
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Make Renting Fair – community support growing

Make Renting Fair
Make Renting Fair is a new community campaign to end unfair evictions. Bringing together a strong coalition of local community organisations, unions, and faith based organisations, the Tenants Union of NSW and Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services are calling on the NSW State Government to make renting fair, and ensure renters in New South Wales are protected against unfair evictions.
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