Western Sydney Tenants' Service (WESTS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

(02) 8833 0933

Hours:

Mon:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Tue:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Wed:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Thu:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Fri:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

ABOUT

LOCKDOWN update: The Western Sydney Tenants' Service (WESTS) is operating remotely during the Lockdown period. We will continue to deliver our excellent service to the Western Sydney community whilst in lockdown. Our offices are currently closed, but we strongly encourage our clients to continue contacting us online and via phone.

WESTS provides free tenancy advice, referrals, advocacy and in some cases representation for residential tenants at the Tribunal. We run regular community information sessions on tenancy issues. Our services are focused but not limited to tenants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; who are low-income earners; living in social housing; who suffer isolation; and/or who have disabilities. Our services are available to renters living in Sydney's west, from Parramatta to Mount Druitt, from Rooty Hill to Windsor. Please note, we do not offer advice on tenancy issues to landlords or real estate agents.

During busy peaks throughout the day our service will operate as a call back service. Leave a single voice message with your name and best contact number or press "Contact Online" to be redirected to our Online Intake Form. If you are a caseworker, social worker, medical/health officer, or legal officer wishing to refer a client to our service, please email us at tenancy@wsclc.org.au with your client's details and enquiry.

WESTS is a program of the Western Sydney Community Legal Centre (WSCLC).

NEWS

WESTS lockdown service update

WESTS - here to help
The Western Sydney Tenants' Service (WESTS) is operating remotely during the COVID-19 Lockdown period. We will continue to deliver our excellent service to the Western Sydney community whilst in lockdown. Our offices are currently closed, but we strongly encourage our clients to continue contacting us online or via phone. As a tenant, you are entitled to exercise your rights within the scope of the current Public Health Orders and landlords are still to be held accountable to their general obligations under the rental agreement and residential tenancies law.
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WESTS Community Engagement Day

WESTS Tenant Advocates
On Friday 21 May 2021, WESTS held a community engagement event at the Skye Hotel in Parramatta to reconnect with key partners of our organisation. The event was a great success. There were over 60 attendees at the community engagement day who were able to finally reconnect with WESTS after a long-period of physical isolation dating back to the COVID-19 lockdown in March last year.
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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
This guide covers common questions about renting during Coronavirus COVID-19 in NSW. A 60 day stop on evictions for some tenants began on the 14th July 2021. This has now been extended and will end on the 11th November 2021. The previous Eviction Moratorium Period which began in April 2020 came to an end on 26 March 2021. However a six-month Transition Period was implemented. During the Transition Period there will be limited protections against eviction for tenants with COVID-induced arrears and these are in addition to the 60 day stop on evictions for some tenants.
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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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