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Homelessness among older people aged 55 in NSW: TUNSW provides evidence to NSW Parliament

18/07/2022
Sabina, Thomas and Leo panel at Inquiry into Homelessness Older Persons at NSW Parliament
The Tenants' Union of NSW spoke on 18 July on a panel alongside the Homeless Persons' Legal Service, Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Seniors Rights Service at the public hearing for the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness amongst older people aged over 55 in New South Wales called by the Standing Committee on Social Issues. We publish the opening statement from Leo Patterson Ross, CEO of the Tenants' Union of NSW highlighting some of the key recommendations the Tenants' Union of NSW made to the Committee.
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Healthy Housing: Mould Survey

07/07/2022
a picture of a corner of a room with wooden floorboard and significant green mould
We encourage everyone, with or without mould currently in their home, to complete this survey from the Healthy Housing Centre for Research Excellence.
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Census 2021: Renters are the fastest growing tenure in Australia.

04/07/2022
a person completing a paper census form on a kitchen table
Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its first round of data from last year's Census (2021). This is the key population data collected on Census night, though some really interesting data on mobility and tenure will be released with other 'additional location variables and employment data' due out in October. We'll be looking at the 2021 Census data and sharing the insights as we make our way through it. In this blog, we get us started with a few headline results about renting in NSW.   
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Everyone deserves a healthy home: Climate disruption and rental homes in NSW

30/06/2022
graphic with houses, flood and desert
Climate change is not new. Scientists have been monitoring the effects of increased carbon in our atmosphere, and the reduction of greenhouse gases has been a well publicised global issue since at least the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. We are now living through climate disruption. Not every day will be hotter or every year a drought. But it will impact on our lives. And the houses we reside in are a major factor in ensuring a healthy and comfortable life. In this blog, Rita Wilkinson, looks at the challenges renters race in this context to stay comfortable and healthy in their homes.
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Joint media release: Disappointing NSW budget fails to invest in public and community housing

24/06/2022
NSW Budget 2022 - 2023 Response
The Tenants' Union of NSW along with NSW Council of Social Services, Domestic Violence NSW, Community Housing Industry Association NSW, Y Foundations, and Homelessness NSW are in uproar at lack of funding for safe, accessible, and affordable housing for low-income households in the NSW State Budget.
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'I'm living in my car': Older people and homelessness in NSW

21/06/2022
UNSEEN Chrome Car - an installation art piece on older women's experience of homelessness
The Standing Committee on Social Issues of the New South Wales Legislative Council currently is conducting an Enquiry into 'Homelessness amongst older people aged over 55 in New South Wales'. We provided a submiossion. In this blog we run through some of the key experiences and problems we identify in our submission, and outline our key recommendations on what needs to change.
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A new Federal Ministry announced. Who is responsible for housing?

01/06/2022
Australian Parliament House at dusk photograph taken by wikimedia user thennicke
The Albanese Labor Government this week announced their new cabinet line up, with 19 MPs and 4 Senators included in the new 23 person cabinet. In this blog we provide a quick rundown of the new Ministers responsible for housing and other portfolios relating to rental housing. We also foreshadow what we should expect from these Ministers looking back at commitments made by Labor in relation to housing in the lead up to the election. 
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Granny flat blues – challenges and trends

23/05/2022
Basic granny flat, door open. Photo taken by Susan Fitzgerald, Source: Flickr.
One outcome of the current housing crisis has been an increase in the construction and occupation of ‘granny flats’. All of the typical tenancy problems come up in relation to granny flats, as well as some additional challenges. This blog explores the issues and trends we see emerging by looking at disputes that can arise at installation, during a granny flat tenancy & when the tenancy ends.
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The case to end blanket pet bans for renters in NSW

23/05/2022
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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Renting Questionnaire Federal Election 2022

11/05/2022
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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