Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (WATAAS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

(02) 6881 5700

1800 810 233

Hours:

Mon:

9am - 5pm

Tue:

9am - 5pm

Wed:

9am - 5pm

Thu:

9am - 5pm

Fri:

9am - 5pm

Website:

nswats.com.au

ABOUT

Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (WATAAS) provides advocacy and advice to tenants who are faced with difficulties in the relationship with landlords and social housing providers. We can negotiate on behalf of tenants to enhance an outcome that is beneficial to all parties. WATAAS also assists tenants when attendance at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is required.

Our services are available to Aboriginal renters in Western NSW.

This is a specialist Aboriginal Service. Non-Aboriginal tenants please contact your local tenants' service.

NEWS

Opportunities for Aboriginal Advocates

Burralgaa Walaay by Millmullian
Three job opportunities are available for Aboriginal advocates. An Aboriginal Paralegal at the Tenants' Union of NSW, Surry Hills; a Tenancy Services Manager at the Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, Dubbo; and a Tenant Advocate at the Greater Sydney Aboriginal Tenants Service, St Mary's.
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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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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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Survey for Aboriginal Renters

Ngurampaa by Millmullian
The Tenants Union of NSW and the Aboriginal Tenancy Services are currently working on an Aboriginal Renting Policy Platform. This document will be used to strengthen the voices of Aboriginal people who rent regardless of who your landlord may be. We want to gather as many views from Aboriginal people as possible. If you an Aboriginal person who rents, please take a few minutes to complete the survey here.
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Tenant Advocates working together to support renters

Tenant Advocates at the TAAS Network Meeting
Last week, Tenant Advocates came together for the Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Services (TAAS) Network meeting. Around 60 Advocates participated in the meeting over two days, representing almost all TAASs from across New South Wales.
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