Southern Sydney Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (SSTAAS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

(02) 9787 4679

Hours:

Mon:

10am-2pm, 3pm-5pm

Tue:

10am-2pm, 3pm-5pm

Wed:

10am-2pm, 3pm-5pm

Thu:

10am-2pm, 3pm-5pm

Fri:

10am-2pm, 3pm-5pm

ABOUT

COVID-19 service update: Tenant Advocates are working remotely to keep our advice service operating. SSTAAS advice line hours have been extended to Monday to Friday between 10am-2pm and 3pm-5pm. For online Tribunal hearings, our Tenant Advocates may be available to provide you duty advocacy service during your appointment. Please contact 02 9789 3744 and check for availability.

Southern Sydney Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (SSTAAS) provides free telephone information, advice and assistance to private and public housing tenants. We can help by talking to, or writing to landlords and real estate agents. We also assist tenants to prepare for Tribunal hearings and can provide representation at the Tribunal for highly disadvantaged tenants. This is usually limited to matters involving terminations or illegal lockouts.

Our services are available to renters in houses, units, caravan parks, retirement villages and boarding houses in the Bankstown, Canterbury, Hurstville, Kogarah, Rockdale and Sutherland local government areas. Please note that we do not assist landlords or real estate agents. SSTAAS also assists tenants through community education sessions on tenancy laws.

SSTAAS is a program of Metro Assist.

NEWS

Forging Ahead – Tenant Advocates Conference 2021

TAAS Conference 2021
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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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

Covid19 graphic
The Renters' Guide to COVID-19 has been developed to provide legal information about situations that may arise as a result of the pandemic. This guide should be read alongside and in addition to the legal information and resources provided on your legal rights and obligations in our general tenancy factsheets and resources.
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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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Q+A: Water restrictions, drought and rental bond

Watering can
"The agent is demanding all of my bond to pay for turf and lawn work. The lawn is not what it was at the beginning of the tenancy. But, we are in drought and there are water restrictions. It does not seem fair that I have to pay for turf etc when the lawn would probably have died anyway. Where do I stand? What can I do?"
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