Special edition of Tenant News on boarding houses. Plus welfare reform, tracking rents, Millers Point, Aboriginal tenants, and tenancy law for non-lawyers training.
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Boarding Houses Special Edition

As you read this, Tenant News #107 is being printed – in full colour for the first time! It will soon be mailed to subscribers. This issue is a special on boarding houses. Articles include:
  • Boarding Houses Then and Now: Stories from Residents
  • Living in a Boarding House:
    Your Rights
  • The Boarding House Occupancy Principles: A Quick Guide
  • Roomshare: Thousands living in Unregistered Boarding Houses
  • Walking Step by Step with Residents
Read Tenant News #107 online now.
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New on the Brown Couch Blog

• Ned Cutcher asks, 'Welfare reform = rent reform?' in light of the release of an Interim Report as part the Federal Government's Review of Australia's Welfare System.
Leo Patterson Ross investigates three measures for tracking rents (Australian Property Monitors, CPI and the Rent and Sales Report), and what these measures say about rents.
• Robert Mowbray looks at who's using the 'big stick' in tenancy – that is, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
• Chris Martin reports on a series of renting vs owning interactive graphs.
• Ned also reports on Fair Trading's inadequate response to the TU's complaint about TICA’s excessive fees. He asks you email them in response.

Millers Point at the United Nations

Our colleague Kim Boettcher, solicitor for The Aged-Care Rights Service, has addressed the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (5th session), and drawn attention to the plight of tenants of social housing at Millers Point and The Rocks, and of other older persons. As she says, "There is a storm brewing on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Australia..." Read her address.

Millers Point Spring Picnic

Come along to meet the members of this vibrant community and their supporters. There will be something for everyone with live music, historical tours, exhibitions, arts, craft and quality bric-a-brac stalls, creative workshops, food stalls, fun and games and much more. More than a picnic, it will be a celebration of Sydney's living history. Sunday 14th September, Argyle Square. More

Tenancy Law for Non-Lawyers

This popular one-day workshop is an introduction to tenancy law for community workers who assist or advocate for clients about housing. It is run by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in collaboration with the TU and is happening on 10th September in Sydney. Places are limited. More

Serving Country

The Aboriginal Tenants Advice Services in NSW are an amazing network of services run by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people. Check out this TU interview with Jim Allen, coordinator of Murra Mia Aboriginal Tenants Service. He talks about being a tenant advocate, the right to housing, and the key challenges faced by Aboriginal tenants in NSW.
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