The Residential Tenancies Act is under review. Plus we've just published our Annual Report, and more.
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Have your say in the review of renting laws!

The long awaited Statutory Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 is upon us. To kick things off, Fair Trading NSW has released a high-level discussion paper, seeking input on a range of issues. Submissions are invited, with a closing date of January 29th 2016.

This is an important opportunity. The Tenants’ Union will be talking with as many people as we can between now and the end of January to make sure our submissions reflect the views of tenants and tenant advocates.

As we've said on our blog the Brown Couch, we strongly encourage you to make a submission! If you're pressed for time, your submission could be just a few sentences - and take only a few minutes to submit. Click here to make your submission now. In the coming weeks we will continue to discuss these issues on our blog and be in touch with more ways for you to contribute.
Download the Fair Trading discussion paper

Tenants' Union Annual Report

We have just published our Annual Report for 2014-2015. Highlights include:
  • 2,825 instances of advice, information and referral provided to tenants and advocates – 18% more than last year.
  • 743,883 sessions on tenants.org.au – 20% more than last year.
  • 94,594 visits to the online Tenants' Rights Manual – 75% increase.
  • 2,000 supporters took action in the More Bang For Your Bond campaign, including 30 politicians.
  • 300 people trained in tenancy, residential parks and boarding houses law.
  • 15,000 legal information cards for boarding house residents produced.
  • Factsheets in 9 community languages produced: Arabic, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese.
  • 34 mainstream media appearances including on-camera on A Current Affair.
Read the full Annual Report here.

Recent news & analysis on the Brown Couch

90 public housing tenants who remain in Millers Point have just received letters, with an offer to stay in the historic suburb by swapping their current homes for other non-heritage apartments. But there's a catch. Altogether, only 28 apartments are on offer. We say NSW Government: you can do better than this! We also provide a sober look at the impact on this unique community, 18 months after the announcement to sell 293 public housing properties: You shall not covet your neighbour's house.

In honour of Back to the Future day, we compare renting in the 1980s with renting today, and present a Back to the Future for Renters infographic.

Rental housing is insecure. We look at some of the legal, economic & tax reasons why in Six year rule... yet another reason why private renting is so insecure.

The Government's antisocial behaviour bill has passed the Legislative Council, with some amendments. You can see a collection of our articles on the topic here.

There are lots more articles on the Brown Couch - including recent analysis of the Residential Tenancies Act Review discussed above. Have a browse!

Tenants steal the show at Parliament

In case you missed it last week, we presented the More Bang For Your Bond petition at a special event in the Jubilee Room of NSW Parliament House. Tenants, Tenant Advocates and Members of Parliament came to voice their support. A dozen MPs attended, from across the political spectrum, plus many other representatives from legal, community and housing organisations. Read more.
 
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Legal information in this email is intended as a guide to the law and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. It applies to people who live in or are affected by, the law as it applies in New South Wales, Australia.

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