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Through a Renter's Lens – photo competition exhibition night

Wed, 08/03/2023 - 15:18
People at the photo exhibition
A special exhibition at Customs House showcased the top entries from our renter's photo competition. The exhibition gave renters’ a platform to share their stories directly with other members of the community, advocates, and organisations dedicated to housing justice. Over 100 people from all over Sydney came to view and celebrate the renters’ photography. Zoe Norton Lodge brought humour and sparkle in her role as MC, and Leo Patterson Ross (Tenants’ Union CEO) thanked the photographers for sharing their experiences and allowing us to see behind the headlines of the renting crisis.
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Through a Renter's Lens – photo competition top entries

Wed, 08/03/2023 - 10:12
Photos from the photo competition
Over the last few months we were delighted to host a statewide competition and exhibition of renters' photography. We were thrilled with the number and quality of entries we received on all the three themes of People, Place and Pets. Beyond technical skill, aesthetic appeal and excellent composition, the renter photographers were able to capture the human side behind the rental crisis currently gripping NSW.
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NSW to ban ‘no grounds’ evictions for renters during periodic tenancies

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 16:31
NSW to ban 'no grounds' evictions for renters text with party ribbons in the background
Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election on 25 March, NSW will see an end to ‘no grounds’ evictions during periodic tenancies. Achieving cross-party support for ending ‘no grounds’ evictions during periodic agreements is a huge step forwards that will improve the security of renters all across NSW.
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A huge win for NSW renters

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 12:47
Make Renting Fair supporters at Westmead Assembly
Today the NSW Liberals and Nationals joined NSW Labor and the NSW Greens and committed to ending 'no grounds' evictions for periodic (or rolling) tenancies. This means we really have a never-before-seen consensus on the principle that rented homes need to be stable homes, and that a modern tenancy system would support this.
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NSW Election Announcement Tracker

Tue, 21/02/2023 - 09:53
Ballot box shaped as a house with city scape in relief, colours striking orange and blue
NSW Election Announcement Tracker: What renting policies have been announced ahead of the March 25 NSW election? What would these policies mean for NSW renters?
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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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