Airbnb's effect on rents - a new report from Tenants' Union of NSW

Airbnb logo on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Airbnb logo on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Tenants' Union has released a report investigating whether Airbnb has had an impact on the private rental sector in New South Wales. Airbnb does not appear to have had an impact on rents in Sydney, but the TU calls on government to ensure a sensible regulatory regime is implemented.
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Vale Ross Smith - tireless advocate and TU member

Ross Smith
Ross Smith
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Ross Smith – a tireless advocate for fairness in the housing system, and member of the Tenants’ Union of NSW. Ross was always willing to say what many others would not regarding social housing policy - or as he would say 'public and community housing' policy. He strongly disliked the term social housing.
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#WeLiveHere social action

The picture shows a young resident of the Waterloo housing estate
A young resident of the Waterloo housing estate
#WeLiveHere2017 is a social action led by local residents of Redfern Waterloo. Before the towers are demolished, an epic community light project will install 500 coloured lights into tenants’ windows in the iconic Matavai and Turanga Towers. Help fund this great social action project for residents of the Waterloo housing estate.
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My home is like my castle

Lewin George
Lewin George, Marrickville tenant
Home means security for me – this is where I feel safe. My home is like my castle, even though it's one room at the back of my landlord's house. I also like to go out, but I value my privacy when I’m at home. The landlord's dogs are good, they keep watch.
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A strong voice for tenants

Charmaine Jones, with TU staff, Patrycja, Jemima, Anne and Julie
Charmaine Jones, with TU staff
Charmaine Jones, social housing tenant and Tenants' Union Treasurer, reflects on her involvement with the TU and the changes in the sphere of social housing.
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A place of my own

Annette Murphy
Annette Murphy, Doonside tenant
I am originally from Walgett, Northern NSW. In Walgett everyone knows me as ‘Daughter’. I would like to move back to Walgett, but my children and grandchildren are in Sydney, so I will probably stay here.

I have lived in Sydney since I was about 19 years old. I have been living in my current home in Doonside for about 4 years. I rent through the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO)
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Home is everything to me

Taressa Mongta, Surry Hills tenant
Taressa Mongta, Surry Hills tenant
I grew up on the Northern foreshores of Botany Bay at the La Perouse Aboriginal Reserve AKA ‘Lappa Mish’ in the 1970s and 1980’s.

It was great growing up there. The sea was our backyard – 6 beaches, National Park Lands. We had plenty of space and freedom. Everyone (mainly us girls and a couple a boys) had a horse. In the words of Mr Greg Blaxland “there were that many horses, in the end they were tying them up with string!”
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Terence faced damp and mould in public housing for years

Terence, a public housing tenant, in front of his house
Terence, Sydney public housing tenant
Terence is a tenant of Housing NSW. His property was riddled with damp and mould for years. This exacerbated his health problems and forced him to sleep in a recliner chair in lounge room rather than his bed.
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