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Renting Questionnaire Federal Election 2022

Wed, 11/05/2022 - 08:57
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

Mon, 02/05/2022 - 17:36
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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Maggie's renting story: Living in and Leaving Affordable Housing 

Wed, 27/04/2022 - 14:14
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

Wed, 20/04/2022 - 14:06
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

Wed, 13/04/2022 - 15:31
make renting fair logo
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

Wed, 06/04/2022 - 10:38
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

Tue, 05/04/2022 - 13:22
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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Sarah's renting story

Mon, 04/04/2022 - 12:45
#MyRentedHome should be secure and stable
Sarah* is a NSW renter who was evicted in 2021 during the pandemic. She was evicted into homelessness, and struggled for several months to find a home. Here is some of her story.
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Catherine's renting story

Thu, 31/03/2022 - 14:56
Catherine with her dog and her son
Catherine* has been a life-long renter who has moved 32 times - the first 30 of which were in the first 25 years of her life. During the #MakeRentingFair #MyRentedHome social media week of action we share her story to highlight both home important rented homes are for the people who live in them, and the lack of security renters face and the impact that can have on our lives.
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Greer's renting story

Thu, 31/03/2022 - 14:23
Greer and her child
Greer is a regional NSW renter who has shared her renting story with us. We share Greer's story during #MakeRentingFair #MyRentedHome social media week of action 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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