Tenants' Union news

Also check out our blogTenant News archivemedia appearances, and Housing News Digest.
For factsheets and sample letters, please see Tenancy info.


Tenants' Union joins May Day rally – workers rights and housing justice go hand in hand

Wed, 03/05/2023 - 10:38
Tenants' Union members stand behind a banner with the Tenants' Union logo. People are smiling and wearing Make Renting Fair shirts with the purple and blue logo on them. There are trees and lots of people in the background.
May Day (International Workers’ Day) is an important tradition established in the 1800s. In many countries it is a public holiday and allows workers to rally around issues they are facing. 
Read more

New sample letters

Tue, 02/05/2023 - 10:05
We have published 7 new sample letters for residents of land lease communities, covering some of the most common scenarios faced by residents.
Read more

Tenant advocates to National Cabinet: no time for half-measures on renters’ rights

Tue, 02/05/2023 - 05:00
Small paper houses in a semi-circle.
As housing ministers meet today, national housing and tenancy organisations have called upon the National Cabinet to seize the opportunity to boost renters’ rights in response to rising housing affordability challenges across the country.
Read more

Tenants' Union photo competition winner captures anxiety for pets and renters alike

Mon, 24/04/2023 - 14:33
Dylan is smiling with his certificate. In the background there is a sign that says Make Renting Fair and a window looking over buildings.
Dylan Young is the winner of the Pets category in the Through a Renters' Lens photography competition run by the Tenants' Union. We had a chat with Dylan about taking part in the competition.
Read more

Zoom forum: Opportunities to Make Renting Fair in NSW after the #RentersElection23

Thu, 13/04/2023 - 16:01
Screenshot from a Zoom forum showing 30 tiles of people's faces
Join the Opportunities to Make Renting Fair in NSW after the #RentersElection23 Zoom forum at 6pm on Thursday, 4 May, to celebrate the wins achieved by and for renters over the past few months, and join the conversation about what the NSW election outcome means for renters and the types of reforms we hope to see swiftly implemented by a new Labor government.
Read more

In case of emergency break glass: rental reforms needed urgently

Thu, 13/04/2023 - 09:46
Graphic image depicting red box reading: In case of emergency break glass. Make Renting Fair logo behind glass.
Almost everyday for the last few months the Tenants’ Union has received calls or emails from journalists asking us to talk about the rental crisis and its impact on people’s lives. They ask, “How bad is it? Is this the worst you’ve seen?” The rental housing crisis in NSW is an emergency, we need to ‘break glass’ and act immediately.
Read more

Tenants' Union at the Community Sector Blueprint launch

Fri, 31/03/2023 - 14:00
Main text says Webinar: Community Sector Blueprint for Minimum Energy Efficiency Rental Standards. In the background there is a building with blue and white. The front door is yellow.
Recently, the Tenants' Union of NSW attended the Community Sector Blueprint launch hosted by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). The event focused on how the Blueprint is a necessary resource for providing a clear idea of what a good national framework for renters could look like.
Read more

Through a Renter's Lens: "We make our own homes"

Fri, 31/03/2023 - 10:00
Close up of Rod Smith, city in the background. He is smiling and has a blue shirt on.
Rod Smith is the winner of the People category in the Tenants' Union’s recent photography competition. This week he dropped into our offices to pick up his framed winning photograph and we had a chat with him about taking part.
Read more

Incoming Minns’ government needs to implement promised reforms to our renting system urgently

Tue, 28/03/2023 - 11:03
Hand placing a piece of paper into a brown ballot box. Tenants' Union logo in the top right hand side of the image.
Tenants' Union of NSW welcomes incoming Minns Government and encourages immediate action to deliver on promised urgent reforms for renters
Read more

Privacy, data and discrimination in renting

Fri, 24/03/2023 - 13:09
Sign on a pole saying ‘for rent’
We recently asked renters to share with us what kinds of information had been requested from them when applying for a rental property. This is what they told us.
Read more