Unfair ‘no grounds’ evictions a key issue at Assembly 
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Sydney Town Hall Housing and Energy Assembly

This time last week hundreds of Make Renting Fair supporters were gathering to join the 2000 person strong Assembly at Sydney Town Hall to demand commitments from our Federal and State politicians towards more secure, affordable homes for people who rent in NSW.
Nearly 100 of you came and made our presence felt wearing Make Renting Fair shirts and waving signs but we know many more were also there as part of different groups!

We also know many more wanted to come but NSW is a big state and travel isn't always easy. We know you were there in spirit!
We really want to acknowledge the renters who told their stories on the night - it was so powerful!
Ashlie, Simon, Arjun and Val’s stories were all so moving. Keith spoke with passion about living in 6 different homes in 7 years and the impact this has had on him and his family.

What commitments on ending unfair ‘no grounds’ evictions did we hear on the night? 

The current NSW Coalition Government restated their position that other tenancy reforms passed last year address the issues facing tenants. They did not commit to removing provisions allowing landlords to end tenancies for no reason.

NSW Labor confirmed their commitment to end unfair ‘no-grounds’ evictions and further committed to doing this within 100 days of forming government.
The NSW Greens again confirmed their long-standing commitment to ending ‘no grounds’ evictions.

Both Australian Labor and Australian Greens also recommitted to a process of reaching nationally consistent standards for tenancies in all states which include ending 'no grounds 'evictions.
Many commitments were made on the night with important positive impact for renters. Read more detail on these here.

For supporters keen to see how the broader range of political parties running in the NSW election on Saturday fare on a range of renting questions you might want to take a look at this guide from campaign partner Tenants’ Union of NSW.

And if you missed it - last week campaign partners Marrickville Legal Centre and Tenants' Union of NSW launched a report on the impact of unfair ‘no grounds’ evictions. The report - based on a survey of over 600 NSW renters - found almost 8 in 10 renters held back from reporting repairs for fear of eviction. People who have experienced 'no grounds' evictions previously are significantly more worried about receiving another than those who haven't (although everyone is pretty worried about it!). Read more here.

Support for change was high - with almost all (95%) renters surveyed, and more than half (54%) of landlords indicated they support ending no grounds evictions. 

We will all be watching the election results closely, and will be in touch with whoever forms government to continue the push to make renting fair.

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