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The case to end blanket pet bans for renters in NSW

Karl Barx the staffie
NSW saw changes to strata regulation in late 2020 that had implications for owner-occupiers, and a small proportion of renters, in strata properties. However, as we outline here, these changes do not remove the barriers from the vast majority of renting households wishing to get a pet. NSW tenancy law still allows for blanket ‘no pets’ clauses, so landlords can continue to refuse requests to get a pet for any reason, or no reason at all. Here's why we're proposing that needs to change.
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Going to the Tribunal - free webinar

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Going to Tribunal? Do I need a lawyer? How do I show my evidence?
Have you got any questions about going to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal? For Law Week 2022 we are hosting a free webinar on 18th May at 10am. Details
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Renting Questionnaire Federal Election 2022

ballot boxes in the shape of houses, on a background of blue sky and orange ground
How do the parties plan to respond to the needs of renters following the Federal Election on May 21st? The National Association of Tenants Organisations asked. Check out the responses here.
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NATO Federal Election Questionnaire 2022: Policies and priorities for a fair and secure renting system

Light bulb with text reading: "What commitments would you like to see from parties and candidates to deliver a fair and secure renting system?"
The National Association of Tenants' Organisations (NATO) recently wrote to all parties and independent candidates inviting them to respond to our Federal Election Questionnaire. We invited them to tell us about their position and policies on strengthening residential tenancy rights and increasing the supply of affordable social housing for the more than 2.1 million households across Australia who rent their homes.
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New podcast – Renting Matters

renting matters
Renting Matters is a series of podcasts produced by the Tenants’ Union of NSW and Legal Aid NSW. The series is part of Legal Aid NSW's Law for Community Workers on the go – which keeps community workers up-to-date with legal topics and changes to the law – and has clocked up over 70 episodes with 23,000 downloads and counting. Renting Matters features tenants and workers from across the Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service Network, the Tenants' Union and the community sector. In a relaxed, conversational style, guests share anecdotes, information and tips designed for busy people. We would love you to listen and subscribe via your preferred podcast platform, and share the podcast with friends and colleagues!
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Maggie's renting story: Living in and Leaving Affordable Housing 

Twitter post about experience living in affordable housing - transcribed in blog
Maggie has lived in an Affordable Housing apartment with their partner and children for three-and-a-half years. They're about to move out, into a property they'll be privately renting from some family members. As part of the Make Renting Fair #MyRentedHome social media week of action, they shared their story of their experience of renting in Affordable Housing
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Waiting for social housing? Tell your story

Are you on the waiting list for social housing in NSW, Queensland or Tasmania? If so, researchers in a new project would like to learn more about what life is like as you wait for a social housing property to become available. By sharing your story, you will help them provide recommendations to governments and other organisations to improve the social housing system and better support people as they wait.
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Make Renting Fair: April Organising Meeting

Make Renting Fair
It's time for our next Make Renting Fair organising meeting! This time around we'll be brainstorming and honing some policy asks for the campaign between now and the March 2023 NSW election. Come along and join the conversation, hear our ideas and have your own say, contribute to shaping Make Renting Fair for the coming year.
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Peter's renting story

Water damage to Peter's ceiling
Peter* is an academic lecturer and researcher who had been living in his Eastern Suburbs apartment for 6 years when he was issued a ‘no grounds’ termination notice, in October of 2021. The termination notice came soon after Peter asked his landlord to repair the significant water damage to the ceiling. As of April 2022, the landlord has not carried out the repairs. Peter is now at high risk of homelessness.
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Kaye's renting story

Kaye and her cat, Greywacke
Kaye's story. During the #MakeRentingFair #MyRentedHome social media week of action we share Kaye's story to highlight some of the problems with the NSW renting system, and the need for decision-makers to understand the importance of supporting renters' access to stable, affordable, secure homes. 
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