Law reform – news and analysis

Chilly house? Mouldy rooms? Here's how to improve low-income renters’ access to decent housing

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People’s quality of life, their health and their comfort can suffer when living in poor-quality housing. It can also impose high ongoing costs of maintenance, repairs, heating and cooling. And these problems are more likely to affect low-income households, as our report for Shelter NSW shows. In it, we review the evidence on housing quality problems and consider ways to resolve these, especially for low-income households. There is extensive evidence of the impacts of poor-quality housing on physical health, mental wellbeing and comfort.
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New domestic violence provisions start today

Domestic Violence Amendments to Residential Tenancies Act
Changes to domestic violence provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 have now come into effect. The changes, passed by NSW Parliament in November last year, improve the protections for tenants experiencing domestic violence.
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Do politicans vote with their property interests?

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With recent news about Government ministers opposing no grounds reform, we thought it timely to look at whether politicians' votes are affected by their property interests.
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Mould and renting - share your experience!

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Tenants often report to us their experiences with mould and other infestations and the difficulties they have getting it resolved. We are collecting stories from tenants for submissions to a Federal Parliament inquiry.
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Half of all apartments in NSW to have no say in short term letting rules

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Today’s announcement from the NSW Government in relation to short term holiday lettings is disappointing as it will not effectively protect against the potential impacts of holiday lettings and excludes many tenants from engaging in community decisions.
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Government takes step in the right direction but needs to walk all the way with tenants

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The Tenants’ Union welcomes the NSW government’s announcement of reforms this week for survivors of domestic and family violence in rented homes but urges action to make renting fair.
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TUNSW Report on 5 years of the Boarding Houses Act 2012

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The Tenants' Union today released its report marking five years of the Boarding Houses Act 2012, the first legislation to give rights to boarding house residents in New South Wales. The report finds that while the Act was an historic step forward which has brought some improvement, it has not created the change needed for the residents of boarding houses in our state.
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#MakeRentingFair campaign intro and update

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Now is a great time to get involved with the Make Renting Fair campaign. Jemima and Leo from the Tenants' Union provide a quick introduction and an update on where the campaign is up to, and how you can be involved!
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Tenants' organisations concerned about forced rent payments proposal

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The National Association of Tenants Organisations has concerns about aspects of a Bill before Federal parliament which would enable social housing landlords to access tenants income support payments in order to pay various housing costs.
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NSW Labor's “FAIR GO FOR RENTERS” a Strong Step Towards Making Renting Fair

A coalition of 90 tenants, community organisations, unions and faith based groups called “Make Renting Fair” has welcomed NSW Labor’s new renters’ rights policy.
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