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Rebecca Bryant, Advocate from VERTO South-West NSW TAAS

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 13:56
Rebecca Bryant works as a Tenant Advocate at VERTO, South West NSW Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS). We asked Rebecca some questions about her experience of advising and advocating for land lease community residents. 
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Reflecting on 21 years of advocacy for renters and land lease community residents

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 12:57
After more than two decades’ work as a dedicated advocate for tenants and then land lease community residents, Julie Lee is moving on to new pursuits. We took the opportunity to ask for her reflections on her work and particularly the issues faced by land lease community residents in New South Wales.
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Examining claims about the social objectives of estate renewal

Tue, 13/09/2022 - 15:11
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As the NSW Government moves to implementing its decision to redevelop the Waterloo Estate, the social objectives claimed for the redevelopment and what is needed to deliver them becomes a focus. In this blog guest author Dr Alistair Sisson, an academic in the field examines the NSW government's claims about the social objectives of estate renewal. Thanks to redwatch for permission to re-publish.
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Citizens' Assemblies and renting policy: an avenue for fair rental reform?

Mon, 12/09/2022 - 11:54
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Citizens Assemblies are being increasingly explored in other jurisdictions as an avenue to achieve fair and sensible legislative reform across a wide range of issues - including renting.

But what are they, and how could they be applied to improve renting here in NSW?
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Tenant Advocate’s perspective – An interview with Marcus Neil

Wed, 07/09/2022 - 11:56
We took the opportunity of a recent visit to Murra Mia Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service to interview Tenant Advocate Marcus Neil.
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Easy Read factsheets now available

Wed, 07/09/2022 - 08:41
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The Tenants’ Union is happy to announce that we have five new factsheets available in Easy Read. Easy Read is a way to present information for people with low literacy or learning disability.
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Supporting vulnerable tenants during a crisis 

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 11:39
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When the pandemic first hit Australia, COVID-19 did not discriminate, and we saw people of all walks of life impacted. The same now goes for the rising cost of living. It too does not discriminate, and we are all feeling the pinch.
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Join our board!

Fri, 26/08/2022 - 13:40
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Join our board! The Tenants' Union is seeking expressions of interest from people who are passionate about our work supporting renters across the state.
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Landlords hiking rents: what can we do?

Tue, 23/08/2022 - 11:07
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Over the past year we have seen rents in NSW – and across Australia – increasing at a significant rate and by a significant amount. In this blog we look at what renters can do, including looking at the resources the Tenants' Union provides to help renters negotiate or challenge an excessive rent increase (spotlight on our new Rent Increase Negotiation Kit!). We also consider some broader solutions (the law reform needed) to help address skyrocketing rents.
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Embedded networks leaving renters disadvantaged

Mon, 01/08/2022 - 14:48
Close up of rusty mushroom electricity infrastructure in Residential Land Lease Communities
If you have never lived in an embedded network then many of you might be asking what this is and what does it have to do with renters? It's no surprise to the Tenants Union of NSW that a lot of people do not know about embedded networks. Often renters don't find out they are living in a home that is part of an embedded network until they move in. In this blog, Eloise runs through some of the key concerns and problems encountered by renters who receive their electricity through an embedded network.
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