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Tell decision makers to end unfair evictions for all renters now!

We know that NSW Government decision-makers are currently considering rental reforms – can you email them and tell them to end no-grounds for all renters now? The government needs to end no-…
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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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List of NSW renting law 'to dos' on post it notes for 2024 resolutions

New Year, New NSW Renting Laws Resolutions: A three-point kickstart plan for better renting in 2024!

It's that time again, when we all make resolutions. If NSW renting laws are looking at making some changes (and they should!) here are three key priorities that should be at the top of…
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Rent Tracker Research Project

The Tenants' Union Rent Tracker Research Project aims to give tenants, researchers, journalists, and others a clear way to understand rent movements in NSW. Our tools use data published by…
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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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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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Regulating rents: international examples & experience

Rents in Australia’s private rental sector (PRS) have risen sharply in 2022 and 2023. Low vacancy rates and slow construction have led many to predict further rent increases over the coming…
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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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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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Tenants' Union joins May Day rally – workers rights and housing justice go hand in hand

May Day (International Workers’ Day) is an important tradition established in the 1800s. In many countries it is a public holiday and allows workers to rally around issues they are facing. 
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In case of emergency break glass: rental reforms needed urgently

Almost everyday for the last few months the Tenants’ Union has received calls or emails from journalists asking us to talk about the rental crisis and its impact on people’s lives. They ask, “…
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Through a Renter's Lens: "We make our own homes"

Rod Smith is the winner of the People category in the Tenants' Union’s recent photography competition. This week he dropped into our offices to pick up his framed winning photograph and we…
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