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Site agreement sighted

Tue, 28/11/2023 - 12:31
David Dodge
In an update from a David and Goliath battle that we wrote about in Outasite issue 7 we are pleased to report that David Dodge and Beryl Clarke, home owners at Tweed River Hacienda Holiday Park have finally been given a written site agreement.
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Windang Win – residents avoid eviction

Tue, 28/11/2023 - 11:25
The Tenant’s Union was pleased to hear that the NSW Supreme Court has appointed an administrator to manage the Oasis Village at Windang. This should lead to improved running of the community and security for residents.
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Job opportunity: Paralegal (Aboriginal)

Thu, 23/11/2023 - 12:57
Group photo of 9 people, 7 standing and 2 kneeling. They are staff of the Tenants' Union of NSW and Murra Mia Aboriginal Tenants Advice Service.
Join the team working for housing justice!
A part-time Paralegal is required to join the legal practice of the Centre working to address housing legal issues for and with Aboriginal clients. You will be part of a supportive team of lawyers and a network of Aboriginal advocates.
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Strata renters: Emergency preparedness in apartments survey

Tue, 21/11/2023 - 09:11
image of a flooded floor with the Owners Corporation Network logo. Text reads "Is your apartment community emergency proofed?". Includes a QR code to the survey linked in this article.
How ready do you feel your apartment building is for an emergency? Are you aware of plans in place from strata management? Consider completing this survey examining these questions.
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How housing impacts health and well-being

Fri, 27/10/2023 - 11:36
Profile of renter (absent/invisible) as they sit at their desk in front of a window. Absence indicates transience of home.
How does housing status impact wellbeing, and who are the most impacted? How does wellbeing impact housing status? And why is the relationship between housing and wellbeing a pressing issue? In this blog, Rathy Srikanthan explores the relationship between housing and wellbeing.
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Access to justice? What the NCAT snapshot tells us

Wed, 25/10/2023 - 10:32
Snapshot shareable image highlighting key stats discussed in the blog
The Tenants' Union NCAT Snapshot and NCAT Evictions Map are interactive resources that share key insights into how landlords and renters have used the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal). In this blog Jack and Rathy unpack what the latest data tells us about who is using the Tribunal and why.
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NEWTAAS Annual Report 2023

Mon, 02/10/2023 - 14:18
This year the New England and Western Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service is celebrating our 21st year of operation. Our Annual Report summarises our work and also includes a selection of statistics and case studies that tell the life of the Service and the stories of our clients.
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Rental realities in NSW: New insights from the End of Tenancy Survey

Fri, 01/09/2023 - 09:08
laptop sitting on a desk with the bond exit survey on screen
Renters in New South Wales face an increasingly precarious housing situation, grappling with the challenges of avoiding unaffordable rent hikes and eviction notices. To better understand the experiences of renters and help us advocate for a fairer system, the NSW Government Department of Fair Trading's end of tenancy survey is growing as a crucial data source, shedding light on the dynamics of rental arrangements within the state.
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Have your say on how prices are set in embedded networks

Wed, 30/08/2023 - 12:16
Electricity meter with 4 dials
IPART the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal NSW has been asked by the NSW Government to recommend an appropriate maximum price for the sale of electricity, gas and hot or chilled water to customers in embedded networks. They want to hear from residents living in residential land lease communities who are living or previously lived in an embedded network.
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Federal Inquiry hears from Tenants' Union: Three times as many renters calling now for advice on rent increases

Fri, 25/08/2023 - 14:50
Sydney harbour aerial shot
Yesterday, the Tenants' Union of NSW appeared at the Sydney hearings for the Federal Inquiry into the Worsening Rental Crisis in Australia. Leo Patterson Ross, CEO, Tenants' Union of NSW spoke to the need for discussion and debate about the renting sector to be, at all times, guided by our shared understanding that the primary purpose of the sector is to provide housing—homes—for people
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