VERTO South West Tenants Advice Service (SWTAS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

1300 483 786

Hours:

Mon:

9am - 5pm

Tue:

9am - 5pm

Wed:

9am - 5pm

Thu:

9am - 5pm

Fri:

9am - 5pm

Website:

verto.org.au

ABOUT

South West Tenants Advice Service (SWTAS) trained Tenancy Consultants can help you to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and will guide you through any issues you are having. Let us help you with: free confidential telephone advice, advice and representation at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (for eligible tenants), and referrals to other community services to assist with related issues.

Our services are available to all residential tenants living in and around Albury, Bathurst, Goulburn, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

We also offer face-to-face consultations by appointment.

SWTAS is a program of VERTO.

NEWS

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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Important info for bushfire affected tenants

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We at the Tenants' Union are shocked and saddened by the unprecedented bushfire emergency of the last months. Some of you may have lost your rental accommodation to the fires or may have had your accommodation damaged. Some of you may have family, friends or neighbours who have been affected. We have compiled these resources which may be helpful.
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17 years of advocacy in Regional NSW

Chris Maybin
Chris Maybin, Tenant Advocate
Chris Maybin has been a Tenant Advocate with VERTO South West Tenants’ Advice Service for 17 years. Now she's moving on, but in this interview she gives some of her thoughts and reflections on her experiences. She talks about having to tell a family they were going to be homeless, and being "cursed" by a landlord! She also explains some of the particular challenges faced by tenants and Tenant Advocates in regional New South Wales.
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Q+A: Water restrictions, drought and rental bond

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"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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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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