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Roaches in your rental – to leave or not to leave

No-one should have to live with roaches! They are gross. But hating roaches and the existence of roaches in the property might not be a good enough legal reason to end a tenancy without having…
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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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Navigating pet ownership in land lease communities

For many people pets are part of the family. Pet ownership in Australia is among the highest in the world, and keeping pets has been shown to significantly improve physical and mental health and…
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Profile of renter (absent/invisible) as they sit at their desk in front of a window. Absence indicates transience of home.

How housing impacts health and well-being

How does housing status impact wellbeing, and who are the most impacted? How does wellbeing impact housing status? And why is the relationship between housing and wellbeing a pressing issue? In…
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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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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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Tips: Renting after a disaster

Living through a disaster such as a flood or fire is difficult enough without having to worry about your tenancy. So the Tenants’ Union of NSW has prepared these short(ish) answers to common…
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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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Through a Renter's Lens – photo competition top entries

Over the last few months we were delighted to host a statewide competition and exhibition of renters' photography. We were thrilled with the number and quality of entries we received on all…
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Sonny the renting Chihuahua

Pets & renting: what does the community have to say?

The NSW Government has just closed a 6-week consultation on keeping pets in rental homes. In addition to the Tenants' Union's policy submission, we created a Make Renting Fair campaign…
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Submission: Review of Domestic Violence rental laws

In producing this submission, the Tenants' Union of NSW consulted closely with advocates from the statewide network of Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Services and drew on their experiences…
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Submission: Keeping Pets in Rental Homes

A rental is not just a landlord’s investment property, it’s a person or family’s home. Renters should have the same rights as owner-occupiers to make simple choices to make the house they live…
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