VERTO South West Tenants Advice Service (SWTAS)

 

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Phone

1300 483 786

Hours:

Mon:

9am - 5pm

Tue:

9am - 5pm

Wed:

9am - 5pm

Thu:

9am - 5pm

Fri:

9am - 5pm

 

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.

SWTAS is a program of VERTO.

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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12/11/2020

Staying Connected – Tenant Advocates Conference

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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24/08/2021

Reckless retaliation?

Many Outasite readers will know the name Margaret Reckless. She is the home owner whose name was given to the method to calculate electricity charges for home owners on embedded electricity…
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24/08/2021

Community by definition

In the vast majority of land lease community cases that we encounter, it is generally clear and accepted by all parties that there is a land lease community in operation and subsequently that…
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24/08/2021

Damage, loss and abandonment

A number of land lease communities were impacted by the floods in the Mid North Coast in March 2021. Some homes in those communities were significantly damaged by flood waters, leaving home…
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24/08/2021

Unstable ground

Land lease living is often talked about as an affordable housing option, particularly for retirees who want to downsize and free up funds. New, modern homes can be expensive but, when compared…
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24/08/2021

Local Government complications

The list of issues surrounding the interaction of local councils and local government regulations with land lease community operators and home owners is long. To bring some of these issues into…
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24/08/2021

An Independent Voice

The Independent Park Residents Action Group began to take shape in 2013 when twenty-two home owners’ representatives travelled to the Central Coast for an urgent meeting. The meeting was…
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24/08/2021

Interference with Sale of Home

Allan and Lynn Reece are home owners and age pensioners. They live in a land lease community called Emerald Tiki Village Caravan Park at Anna Bay in NSW. In early June, 2017 the Reece’s met Mr…
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24/08/2021

Age restriction rule allowed

A challenge to an age restriction rule has failed and new home owners and their occupants must be over 55 years of age despite the community being a holiday park marketed at families with young…
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24/08/2021

Retirement upheaval update

In the long-running Hacienda saga, home owners have achieved a very significant outcome in the face of misconduct by a rogue operator.
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24/08/2021

Contempt

Orders made by the Tribunal are legally binding. So what happens when Tribunal orders are not complied with?
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24/08/2021

David vs Goliath

Bob Morris became an advocate for other home owners in his community when they decided to challenge the legality of the fixed method site fee increase that is a term of their site agreements.…
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24/08/2021

Palm Lake Resort Appeal Dismissed

On 30 June 2021 the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) Appeal Panel handed down the decision in Palm Lake Resort P/L v King and Metcalfe NSWCATAP 195. The proceedings were an appeal by…
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