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Renters - what needs to change?

Fri, 17/05/2024 - 16:39
Text says share your story with mouth talking and megaphone graphics
We'd love to hear from people who would like to help improve renting in NSW and Australia by sharing their story or their insights about renting. If you weren't able to make it along to a forum, or if you did but didn't get to share everything you wanted to on the night please share your story or insights here.
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Breaking – Minister introduces Residential (Land Lease) Communities Amendment Bill

Thu, 16/05/2024 - 12:50
Anoulack Chantivong
On 14 May, the Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading Anoulack Chanthivong MP introduced into NSW Parliament a Bill to amend the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013.
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NSW Rental Reforms in the Spotlight

Thu, 09/05/2024 - 07:06
Alarm clock with 'time to end no grounds' written on clock face
This week in Parliament, we have seen steps taken towards addressing the pressing need for rental reform in New South Wales.
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NSW Renters' Forums: Your chance to share what renting should look like

Fri, 03/05/2024 - 13:34
image of two storey house in background, text reads Renters' Forums Sydney
Against the backdrop of a crippling housing crisis, we are often asked about what we struggle with most, not necessarily what our renting aspirations are. Our woes are given more attention than our hopes.
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Survey on rental racism

Thu, 11/04/2024 - 09:54
Multicultural family
Do you have a multicultural background and have rented in NSW in the last 5 years? Help researchers understand your unique experience to get better solutions by filling out a quick survey. 
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Time to end the trauma of no grounds evictions

Wed, 06/03/2024 - 15:55
Person riding a bike past a poster with the words 'time to end no grounds evictions'
Renters asked to leave their home for no reason tell us the impact of these evictions is severe. Responses from renter to our our recent survey make it clear that having the rug of relative housing safely pulled from under your feet by a ‘no grounds’ eviction notice causes real distress, even leading to anxiety episodes and bouts of depression.
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Tell decision makers to end unfair evictions for all renters now!

Fri, 23/02/2024 - 13:31
time to end no grounds
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-grounds now, for all renters – including those on fixed-terms. 
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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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