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Briefing: Ending 'no grounds' evictions in NSW

This short briefing was prepared but the Tenants’ Union of NSW in January 2024 for NSW Members of Parliament. All renters should be provided with a valid reason for ending a tenancy. Landlords…
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Rents and migration – what does the data tell us?

There has been a resurgence in the last couple of weeks, amplified by the Federal government, that pulling back migration numbers will lead to some easing of pressure on our renting system. We…
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The season for empathy – for renters too

Over the last week, the annual tradition of a real estate agent sending out an email warning their renters not to fall behind in rent over Chistmas was continued, this time by an agency in VIC.…
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Tips: Preparing for disasters as a renter

Bushfires, floods, cyclones and severe storms can be unpredictable and scary. While we as individuals can’t do much to prevent a natural disaster, we can take steps to improve our safety and…
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Tenants' Union Annual Report 2022-23

It has been another truly challenging year for renters across NSW, as well as their advocates and supporters. We have seen unprecedented rent increases leading to mounting pressure on so many…
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New Renters Kit

Renting can be tricky to navigate, especially if you are new to renting in New South Wales or haven’t rented for a while. The Tenants’ Union of NSW has made this kit to help renters put the…
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National 9 Principles for Strengthening Renters' Rights

The National Association of Renters' Organisations has just released a new report, The National Nine: Principles for Strengthening Renters' Rights. The Principles are: Stability,…
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Sample letter

Request to keep a pet

You can use this sample letter to request permission to keep a pet. There is no term in the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 that prohibits you from keeping a pet, or that requires you to ask for…
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Sample letter

Rental history letter

This letter could be used if you have limited rental history in NSW but want to establish that you are able to pay the rent and maintain a tenancy. You might use this letter if you lived in a…
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Tenant Advocate's perspective – Sonya Mooring, Murra Mia Western TAAS

We took the opportunity of a recent visit to Murra Mia Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service to interview Sonya Mooring, the Tenant Advocate and Team Leader. 
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Yes to the Voice

Tenants' Union says Yes to the Voice

The Tenants' Union supports a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on the Voice to Parliament. Ensuring all people have a home that nurtures their lives, including connection to community is…
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Aboriginal Housing and Housing Activism in NSW

Aboriginal housing activism in New South Wales has a 135 year history. This report from the Tenants’ Union of NSW documents this history from the dispossession of land and housing at the…
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