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Pitter patter towards pet-friendly homes

11/01/2023
photograph of a young child in comfy clothes and slippers sitting on a brown couch with their hand resting on a little brown dog
New South Wales Labor has announced its plan for pets and renting in the March 2023 state election. The plan is an improvement on current laws that allow landlords to refuse requests or impose blanket 'no pets' clauses in tenancy agreements. The Tenants' Union of NSW supports an even stronger model where landlords can only refuse permission or challenge a pet's presence with a Tribunal order and that addresses the application process that works to prevent people finding a home.
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Renter's privacy and data

04/01/2023
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You may have heard that the NSW Government is looking at the information that is being collected about tenants during the application process and how it is being stored. This is a great opportunity to 

We've developed this survey to capture your experiences and thoughts about the issue to help us ensure changes are fair and effective.
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Banning rent bidding: what do the new protections do?

14/12/2022
cartoon representation of auctioneer's hammer held high
You have likely heard the NSW Government this week signed off on changes to introduce new protections against rent bidding. These will come into effect for any new listings from this Saturday, 17 December.

What is rent bidding? What are the new protections against rent bidding? Will the new protections be effective?
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Through a Renter’s Lens – Photo Competition

12/12/2022
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The Tenants’ Union of NSW is hosting a photo competition and we want your contribution! There are cash prizes – $1,500 (category winners), $300 (finalists) and $150 (runners-up). Entries open at midday on Monday, 12 December 2022 and close at midnight on Wednesday 25 January 2023. We will exhibit the top entries in a one-night event in February 2023 where we are hoping to connect renters and advocates with politicians and other organisations focussed on renting justice. This competition will create new opportunities for renters’ voices to be heard, and help decision-makers see housing 'through a renter's lens.'
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Pets & renting: what does the community have to say?

08/12/2022
Sonny the renting Chihuahua
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 community submission, highlighting the lived experiences of renters all across NSW. 
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Improving renting laws for people experiencing domestic violence

06/12/2022
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The Government is currently undertaking a statutory review of the domestic violence provisions. Along with Women's Legal Service NSW and Domestic Violence NSW undertook a survey to help us identify and evidence key concerns and inform our recommendations to the review. Our submission draws on these survey results, along with the experience of advocates from the statewide network of Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Services who provide support to renters to use the domestic violence provisions within the Residential Tenancies Act.
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Standing Strong – Tenant Advocates Conference

05/12/2022
Tenant Advocates
In November 2022 almost 100 Tenant Advocates and guests gathered on Yuin Country for our Annual Conference. The theme of the conference this year was "Standing Strong" – in reference to the work Tenant Advocates do supporting tenants, especially through tough times like the last few years. 
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Electricity is a hot topic but little has changed for residents in land lease communities

28/11/2022
Electricity "mushroom"
There have been a number of consultations, reviews and inquiries into electricity in NSW over the past couple of years. The Tenants’ Union provided submissions to a number of these inquiries raising the numerous issues that are impacting renters in NSW around electricity. 
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Margaret Reckless faces further challenges

28/11/2022
Older women standing in front of pod village
The Tenants’ Union of NSW has been following and supporting Margaret Reckless' fight for her rights in the residential land lease community she has lived in for the past six years. Over that time she has had some great wins which have led to positive outcomes for many other residents living in land lease communities across NSW
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Research: Northern Rivers floods expose flaws in NSW housing system

25/11/2022
Floods and housing report PDF cover
As flooding impacts more NSW communities, new research from UNSW City Futures Research Centre, jointly commissioned by the Tenants' Union of NSW along with Mission Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, Social Futures, The Salvation Army Australia, Australian Red Cross shows action needs to be taken to safeguard regional Australians against homelessness and displacement as severe weather events become more common.
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