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Housing Australia, the Accord and other 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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Rents and migration – what does the data tell us?

Tue, 19/12/2023 - 11:13
scatter graph
There has been a resurgence in the last couple of weeks, amplified by the Federal government, that pulling back migration numbers will lead to some easing of pressure on our renting system. We thought we should have a look at the evidence in NSW
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The season for empathy – for renters too

Thu, 14/12/2023 - 11:50
a montage of articles about real estate agent christmas messages
Over the last week, the annual tradition of a real estate agent sending out an email warning their renters not to fall behind in rent over Chistmas was continued, this time by an agency in VIC. Every year real estate agents send these messages out, but after this year of record rent rises it is a particularly insensitive move.
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Tenant Advocates – Nurture and Grow

Wed, 06/12/2023 - 13:22
Tenant Advocates
The annual TAAS Conference took place last month in Birpai Country, Port Macquarie. The theme of the conference was 'Nurture and Grow' – to evoke the approach we seek to take with clients, renters' rights and knowledge, and our own skills. Over 100 Tenant Advocates from across NSW gathered to learn and connect. The conference is organised by the Tenants' Union of NSW, and this was the largest face-to-face conference we have ever delivered.
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Tenants' Union supports 'Housing is a Human Right: National Day of Action'

Tue, 05/12/2023 - 15:11
Housing is a human right painted on yellow wall in public street
The Tenants' Union of NSW supports the upcoming event, 'Housing is a Human Right: National Day of Action.' It's inspiring to see renters across Australia getting together to address the problems within our current housing system. This community organising is a powerful testament to the shared belief that everyone deserves a safe, stable, and secure home.
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Tenants' Union Annual Report 22-23

Tue, 28/11/2023 - 18:00
It has been another truly challenging year for renters across NSW, as well as their advocates and supporters. We have seen unprecedented rent increases leading to mounting pressure on so many people, families and communities. In the face of these challenges, the Tenants' Union has maintained our commitment to being a champion for renters.
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Outasite – land lease communities magazine

Tue, 28/11/2023 - 17:21
Outasite logo
The Tenants' Union has just published issue 10 of Outasite – our print publication for land lease communities. It will be delivered to mailboxes in communities all over NSW over the next few weeks.
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Victory! Boggabri resident wins 9 year battle for repairs

Tue, 28/11/2023 - 16:22
Boggabri Caravan Park is a residential land lease community consisting of 15 sites and some powered camping sites, located on Laidlaw Street in Boggabri. The local council, the Narrabri Shire Council, are the Crown Land managers of the community, which has just two elderly permanent home owners living there: Jeff Clark and Brian Fuller. Jeff lives in his home on site 12 and Brian lives in his home on site 10.
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After the floods: What have we learned and what is needed to protect residents from further flooding disasters

Tue, 28/11/2023 - 15:20
flood house
Many residential land lease communities are located close to rivers and coastal areas of NSW and have been severely impacted by the major flooding events we have seen in NSW over the past couple of years. In Outasite Magazine 8 we wrote an article about the impact of the late February and early March 2022 floods on the residents in residential land lease communities in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. A lot of these communities and residents are still continuing to recover from the devastation that was caused.
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