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The 2023 NSW election could be a renters' election #RentersElection2023

Mon, 06/02/2023 - 04:46
Tenants' Union CEO Leo: "How parties are addressing the problems renters face may be a deciding factor come 25 March"
The 2023 NSW state election comes in the middle of a rental housing crisis. As voters head to the polls renters' issues will matter, and how parties are addressing the problems renters face may well be a deciding factor in the election. In this blog we examine the cost of living crisis in NSW, and in particular pressures facing renters in relation to housing and energy costs. Parties and politicians on all sides need to be talking about what they will do to fix our broken rental housing system.
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Pitter patter towards pet-friendly homes

Wed, 11/01/2023 - 08:15
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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Survey: Renter's privacy and data

Wed, 04/01/2023 - 16:10
Cartoon image of 5 people holding signs with a padlock over their face
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?

Wed, 14/12/2022 - 14:17
graphic of an auctioneer's hammer
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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Pets & renting: what does the community have to say?

Thu, 08/12/2022 - 10:32
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

Tue, 06/12/2022 - 15:00
simple icon of a house breaking apart through the roof and wall
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

Mon, 05/12/2022 - 12:59
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

Mon, 28/11/2022 - 11:46
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

Mon, 28/11/2022 - 11:27
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

Fri, 25/11/2022 - 12:01
Houses under brown water due to floods, Lismore 2022
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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