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Email decision makers now

Fri, 23/02/2024 - 13:31
Make Renting Fair logo with campaign name and housing block and home in relief
We know that NSW Government decision-makers are currently considering their approach to rental reforms to end no grounds evictions. Can you email them right now to let them know how important it is they get these reforms right?
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Survey: No grounds evictions & renting in NSW

Thu, 22/02/2024 - 09:52
Have you been evicted for no grounds? Do you worry about being evicted for 'no grounds'?

We want to hear from NSW renters who have faced a ‘no grounds’ eviction or have worried about receiving one. Responses will be used to advocate for effective changes to NSW rental laws.
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Roaches in your rental – to leave or not to leave

Tue, 20/02/2024 - 16:38
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 to pay compensation to the landlord for leaving the contract early.
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Housing Australia, the Accord and others ways the government wants to boost supply of housing.

Mon, 29/01/2024 - 10:16
photograph taken from ground level looking to the sky. picture is dominated by cloudy blue sky, with three buildings in construction in the lower third of view.
Re-joining the Tenants’ Union allowed me to jump back into the details of the ongoing housing and rental crisis in Australia and NSW and investigate the mechanisms recently put in place by the federal government to help abate it. Out of the many schemes in play, some may assist with boosting the supply of social and 'Affordable' housing. To what extent? That remains to be seen...
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New Year, New NSW Renting Laws Resolutions: A three-point kickstart plan for better renting in 2024!

Mon, 15/01/2024 - 14:54
List of NSW renting law 'to dos' on post it notes for 2024 resolutions
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 their resolution list to get them started heading towards a brighter and fairer renting future.
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Rents and migration – what does the data tell us?

Tue, 19/12/2023 - 11:13
scatter graph
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 thought we should have a look at the evidence in NSW
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The season for empathy – for renters too

Thu, 14/12/2023 - 11:50
a montage of articles about real estate agent christmas messages
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. Every year real estate agents send these messages out, but after this year of record rent rises it is a particularly insensitive move.
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Tenant Advocates – Nurture and Grow

Wed, 06/12/2023 - 13:22
Tenant Advocates
The annual TAAS Conference took place last month in Birpai Country, Port Macquarie. The theme of the conference was 'Nurture and Grow' – to evoke the approach we seek to take with clients, renters' rights and knowledge, and our own skills. Over 100 Tenant Advocates from across NSW gathered to learn and connect. The conference is organised by the Tenants' Union of NSW, and this was the largest face-to-face conference we have ever delivered.
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Tenants' Union supports 'Housing is a Human Right: National Day of Action'

Tue, 05/12/2023 - 15:11
Housing is a human right painted on yellow wall in public street
The Tenants' Union of NSW supports the upcoming event, 'Housing is a Human Right: National Day of Action.' It's inspiring to see renters across Australia getting together to address the problems within our current housing system. This community organising is a powerful testament to the shared belief that everyone deserves a safe, stable, and secure home.
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Tenants' Union Annual Report 2022-23

Tue, 28/11/2023 - 18:00
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 people, families and communities. In the face of these challenges, the Tenants' Union has maintained our commitment to being a champion for renters.
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