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Improving renting laws for people experiencing domestic violence

Tue, 06/12/2022 - 15:00
simple icon of a house breaking apart through the roof and wall
The Government is currently undertaking a statutory review of the domestic violence provisions. Along with Women's Legal Service NSW and Domestic Violence NSW undertook a survey to help us identify and evidence key concerns and inform our recommendations to the review. Our submission draws on these survey results, along with the experience of advocates from the statewide network of Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Services who provide support to renters to use the domestic violence provisions within the Residential Tenancies Act.
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Standing Strong – Tenant Advocates Conference

Mon, 05/12/2022 - 12:59
Tenant Advocates
In November 2022 almost 100 Tenant Advocates and guests gathered on Yuin Country for our Annual Conference. The theme of the conference this year was "Standing Strong" – in reference to the work Tenant Advocates do supporting tenants, especially through tough times like the last few years. 
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Electricity is a hot topic but little has changed for residents in land lease communities

Mon, 28/11/2022 - 11:46
Electricity "mushroom"
There have been a number of consultations, reviews and inquiries into electricity in NSW over the past couple of years. The Tenants’ Union provided submissions to a number of these inquiries raising the numerous issues that are impacting renters in NSW around electricity. 
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Margaret Reckless faces further challenges

Mon, 28/11/2022 - 11:27
Older women standing in front of pod village
The Tenants’ Union of NSW has been following and supporting Margaret Reckless' fight for her rights in the residential land lease community she has lived in for the past six years. Over that time she has had some great wins which have led to positive outcomes for many other residents living in land lease communities across NSW
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Research: Northern Rivers floods expose flaws in NSW housing system

Fri, 25/11/2022 - 12:01
Houses under brown water due to floods, Lismore 2022
As flooding impacts more NSW communities, new research from UNSW City Futures Research Centre, jointly commissioned by the Tenants' Union of NSW along with Mission Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, Social Futures, The Salvation Army Australia, Australian Red Cross shows action needs to be taken to safeguard regional Australians against homelessness and displacement as severe weather events become more common.
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Tenants' Union Annual Report 2021-22

Mon, 21/11/2022 - 14:17
Annual Report 2021-2022
The 2021-2022 financial year began with Sydney under a strict four-month lockdown and finished with severe weather, flooding, and a deepening housing crisis. Through these challenging times, the Tenants' Union has maintained our resilience and deep commitment to supporting NSW renters. Whether it's through online resources, advocacy or supporting the advice provided by the network of Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services, the Tenants' Union works with and for renters, for housing justice. While the actions and impact of the Tenants’ Union this year are too many to mention, the Annual Report covers the big highlights...
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Homes for people: Housing solutions for everyone

Wed, 16/11/2022 - 15:10
Homes for people event at NSW Parliament House, November 2022
In November the Tenants' Union of NSW, along with our Homes for People coalition partners, organised a parliamentary briefing to launch the election advocacy platform Homes for People: Housing Solutions for Everyone. Homes for People coalition are calling for housing reform that will create the homes people want and need; homes that provide shelter, safety, stability, and comfort.

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Property Tax: TUNSW provides evidence to NSW Parliament

Mon, 31/10/2022 - 16:01
Leo Patterson Ross, Jemima Mowbray of Tenants' Union appear in Parliament
Last week the Tenants' Union of NSW spoke at the public hearing for the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Property Tax (First Home Buyer) Bill 2022 in support of the introduction of a broad-based land tax, while recognising that the First Home Buyer’s Choice currently proposed and being considered before Parliament does not fit the definition of a broad-based land tax of that type. Implementation of the current proposal may be the first step in a transition to a broader land tax, and give us the opportunity to put in place hardship responses and data infrastructure that will tell us how to progress. The risk is that transition won’t continue.
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Pets and renting — share your experience!

Thu, 20/10/2022 - 15:44
Take the survey
We would like to hear from NSW renters about your experiences renting with pets (or trying to get landlord permission for a pet). We will use information you provide to us to collate a submission to the NSW Government consultation, sharing the views and experiences of our community of renters.
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NEWTAAS Annual Report 2022

Wed, 19/10/2022 - 13:24
NEWTAAS Advocates
Spiralling rents threaten many tenants with homelessness if they lose their homes. Many tenants are being evicted for no reason (no grounds terminations). NEWTAAS Tenant Advocates assess a client's risk of homelessness based on income and the tenant's experience in sourcing a new home. In 2021-2022 tenants and risk of homelessness rose by more than 80%. The threat of homelessness means many are forced to keep quiet about serious maintenance issues. In the New England, North West, Western and Far West areas of NSW, NEWTAAS works to increase access to the legal system for the most disadvantaged people in the communities we serve...
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