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

Inner West Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (IWTAAS) gives free telephone advice to tenants on their rights and responsibilities. When you call our Service you may 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, it will be from a private number.

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.

We encourage you to contact us via our webform at mlc.org.au.

NEWS

05/12/2022

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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09/11/2021

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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17/12/2020

Practical advocacy for social housing tenants

Marrickville Legal Centre is home to two tenancy services – the Inner West Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service (IWTAAS) and Northern Sydney Area Tenants Service (NSATS). The services provide free, confidential legal information, advice and advocacy to renters living in social and private residential housing.  The services have recently introduced a Social Housing Clinic for residents of Sydney’s inner west and Northern Sydney area.
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18/08/2021

Increased rent relief support payments, but NSW Eviction Moratorium must be extended

Yesterday the NSW Government announced they are increasing the rent relief support available up to $3000 for landlords who reduce (waive) rent by this amount for impacted tenants. We welcome and…
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10/08/2021

COVID-19 Financial Incentives for Landlords

The NSW Government has introduced financial incentives that can be claimed by landlords who provide a rent reduction to tenants impacted by COVID-19 during this period. If you are an ‘impacted…
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03/08/2021

WESTS lockdown service update

The Western Sydney Tenants' Service (WESTS) is operating remotely during the COVID-19 Lockdown period. We will continue to deliver our excellent service to the Western Sydney community…
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22/07/2021

Support for International Students: Pilot Hub Launched

International students have faced incredible hardship throughout the COVID-19 epidemic. At the peak of the pandemic, six international students began regular International student support…
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19/07/2021

Requests for access during lockdown?

The Public Health Orders so far have continued to allow landlords and their agents to force a range of entries into residential premises against the wishes of the occupants and their attempts to…
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13/07/2021

Stop on evictions and financial supports for impacted renters

The Tenants’ Union of NSW welcomes this afternoon’s announcement from the Federal and NSW Governments recognising the need to support renting households who might be struggling as a result of…
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13/07/2021

NSW Peaks push for measures to support households struggling during current lockdown.

The Tenants Union of NSW, with the NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS) and Homelessness NSW, have written to Premier Berejiklian and Treasurer Perrottet, asking them to ensure measures are in…
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06/07/2021

Young Renters: We hear you!

A new report by the Tenants’ Union of NSW and Youth Action digs into issues facing renters under 30. Young people’s voices feature, with quotes taken from the 304 responses to our survey of…
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30/06/2021

A day in the life of Tenant Advocate Neissa Carpenter Holmes

We interview Neissa Carpenter Holmes – a Tenant Advocate with Murra Mia Tenant Advocacy Service. Neissa assist tenants in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area. Her day to day work involves giving…
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26/05/2021

WESTS Community Engagement Day

On Friday 21 May 2021, WESTS held a community engagement event at the Skye Hotel in Parramatta to reconnect with key partners of our organisation. The event was a great success. There were over…
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13/05/2021

Renting: What needs to change?

“There’s no place like home.” But for so many of us who rent, current tenancy laws and practice prevent renters from feeling the sense of being settled and secure needed to really feel 'at…
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11/05/2021

Public housing maintenance: a 'real fix' needed

Yesterday the Tenants' Union NSW's CEO Leo Patterson Ross and Policy and Advocacy Coordinator Jemima Mowbray attended a public hearing of the Follow Up Review of the Management of…
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