The Tenants' Union is engaged in research into housing and tenancy matters.

Report: Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013

February 2017

The Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 (the Act) commenced on 1 November 2015. It has now been in operation for just over a year and it is timely to consider what is working, and what needs to be improved or fixed.

The introduction of the Act has generated questions for those affected resulting in TAASs advising 43% more land lease community residents in 2016 than in 2015.

Read our report on the operation of the Act.

Rent Tracker

Rent Tracker brings multiple sources of information together to give tenants, journalists and other interested people a clear and easy way to understand rent movements in New South Wales. Check out the latest issue and interactive maps on the Rent Tracker page.

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Report into the effects of Airbnb on rents in Sydney

April 2017

The Tenants' Union examined data The key finding is that Airbnb has not had a significant impact on the tenants of Sydney. Even in Airbnb hotspots such as Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and CBD rents do not seem to have risen in response to Airbnb.

Read the full report here

Report into Share Housing in NSW

May 2017

Between December 1st 2016 and January 12th 2017, TUNSW and TAASs conducted a survey of people who have lived in a sharehouse in New South Wales over the last five years, to gather data and insights into their experience and expectations. Over six weeks our survey attracted responses from 317 people who have lived in a shared house or flat in New South Wales during the last five years.

The survey indicates that many people, across all ages, are living in shared housing without written sub-tenancy agreements. They have no legal protection against unfair eviction or access to effective dispute resolution services. Disputes do occur – our survey indicates a broad range of disputes are more likely to arise in shared housing than not. Disputes were often left unresolved, and respondents were more unsatisfied than satisfied with outcomes. Respondents overwhelmingly indicated they would support reform to clarify and improve the law for sharehouse residents.

Read the full report here.

Survey Report: Afforable housing and the New South Wales Rental Market

April 2014

Earlier this year the Tenants’ Union conducted a short online survey on Housing Affordability to gauge tenants' experiences and expectations of renting. 580 tenants responded. The most striking thing the survey shows is howworried tenants are - particularly in circumstances they cannot control or where choices are restricted. Most express satisfaction with their current housing, but it is a satisfaction formed in a tightly constrained space: they see few or no other options in the housing market (not in owner-occupation, or in rental), and they put up with problems and with lacklustre rates of responsiveness from landlords.

Some stand-out figures include:

  • 57% of respondents identified the high cost of home ownership as a key reason for renting.
  • 77% have put up with a problem because they were worried about adverse consequences if they asked to get it fixed.
  • 79% have moved at least once in the last five years.
  • Over 70% in the private market are paying more than a third of their income in rent.
  • 64% of respondents said they worry about paying the rent.

Read the full report