New England and Western Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (NEWTAAS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

1800 836 268 (1800 TENANT)

(02) 6772 4698

Hours:

Mon:

9am - 5pm

Tue:

9am - 5pm

Wed:

9am - 5pm

Thu:

9am - 5pm

Fri:

9am - 5pm

 

ABOUT

About us: New England and Western Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (NEWTAAS) provides information, advice, advocacy and representation in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal to people who rent their homes in the New England, North West, Western and Far West areas of NSW. We provide advocacy and representation to people who meet our intake criteria and are unable to effectively advocate for themselves.

Armidale, Tamworth and Dubbo offices see tenants at face-to-face appointments by arrangement.

Contact us:

If you are a tenant seeking advice from us, please call on 1800 836 268 or fill in our advice request form
If you are from a community service, please use our referral form to refer a tenant, or our request education form to request a community education session from us.

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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19/10/2022

NEWTAAS Annual Report 2022

Spiralling rents threaten many tenants with homelessness if they lose their homes. Many tenants are being evicted for no reason (no grounds terminations). NEWTAAS Tenant Advocates assess a client's risk of homelessness based on income and the tenant's experience in sourcing a new home. In 2021-2022 tenants and risk of homelessness rose by more than 80%. The threat of homelessness means many are forced to keep quiet about serious maintenance issues. In the New England, North West, Western and Far West areas of NSW, NEWTAAS works to increase access to the legal system for the most disadvantaged people in the communities we serve...
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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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02/11/2021

When renters organise, we can win! The plan to fix renting in Aotearea

We’re relaunching our Make Renting Fair campaign, and we want to explore alongside our community: what can we do to build a fairer renting system? What can we learn from successes overseas about…
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18/10/2021

Appeal Panel says site fee increase is fixed method

The anticipation is over. The Appeal Panel of the Tribunal has handed down the decision in Kincumber Nautical Village Pty Ltd v Morris & Ors and it is not good news for home owners. The…
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18/10/2021

Further challenges for Margaret Reckless, champion campaigner

In Outasite magazine (July 2021) we reported on Margaret’s ongoing saga with her operator who was busy pursuing a second attempt at terminating her site agreement at the Tribunal. This was…
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18/10/2021

Port Stephens Council takes positive action on Development Application notifications

The Tenants’ Union has spoken with many land lease community home owners regarding proposed developments in their communities. Developments can range from small to large scale projects involving…
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30/09/2021

Through lockdowns, moratoriums and housing crises – inequality keeps growing

Like the COVID outbreak itself, the effects of lockdown are proving worse for people who are already disadvantaged. And housing is a key factor in this growing inequality. While overseas…
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29/09/2021

NEWTAAS Annual Report 2021

New England and Western Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service works in our region to increase access to the legal system for the most disadvantaged people in the communities we serve; help clients…
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27/09/2021

Make Renting Fair campaign relaunch: When renters organise, we can win!

We’re relaunching our Make Renting Fair campaign, and we want to explore alongside our community: what can we do to build a fairer renting system? What can we learn from successes overseas about…
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06/09/2021

Tenants' Union NSW welcomes extension of moratorium and an increased Residential Tenancy Support Payment

The Tenants' Union NSW welcomes the NSW Government's announcement the current eviction moratorium will continue until 11 November. This sits alongside an increase of an additional $1,…
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02/09/2021

Housing crisis in regional NSW: What can be done?

Recently the Tenants’ Union of NSW provided a submission to the NSW Regional Housing Taskforce. Regional NSW is in the midst of housing crisis, and its impact is being felt particularly by…
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24/08/2021

Outasite – land lease community magazine

The Tenants' Union has just published Outasite – our annual printed publication for land lease communities! It has been delivered to mailboxes in communities all over NSW. This issue…
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24/08/2021

Light at the end of the tunnel?

The long-running dispute over electricity charges in land lease communities continues. Just over 12 months ago we became aware of, and reported on, operators relinquishing their right to on-sell…
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24/08/2021

Review overview

At the end of 2020 the NSW Government released the Discussion Paper on the Statutory Review of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013. Individuals and organisations were invited to…
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