Housing Affordability Survey; NCAT update; National Regulatory System for Community Housing; Cuts to Community Legal Centres; and Housing Economics for Non-Economists.
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Take our Housing Affordability Survey now

Do you rent? What experiences have you had – positive or negative – as a tenant? We want to hear from you. Your answers to these 20 quick questions will keep our work relevant and increase our understanding of the impact of housing costs on NSW tenants. The Tenants' Union will soon be making submissions to two separate government inquiries into housing affordability and we want your input. Please take the survey now, and share the link with your friends.

NCAT begins - new fees, new time limits

The new 'super-tribunal' – the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has commenced. Tenants and landlords should find that it is mostly the same as the old Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. However, there are some key differences – including the appeals process and fees.

Congratulations tenants - TAASs refunded

Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services will continue to operate in New South Wales - thanks to a small proportion of the interest earned by the government's investment of your bond money. There's been no increase in the funds available to the program, so TAASs will still be delivering their services at a cost of just three cents a day to each tenant household in NSW. Despite the tight budgets within which they operate, TAASs do great work and make a real difference in the communities they serve, and no matter where you are in NSW there's a local TAAS.

Regulatory System for Community Housing

The system for regulation of community housing landlords is going national. There is a new National Regulatory System for Community Housing. Community housing landlords who are currently registered under the NSW system will soon be able to register under the national system. The NSW Register will remain open until July 2015.

Cuts to Community Legal Centres

The Federal Government has announced cuts of almost $20 million over the next fours years to the Community Legal Services Program, which funds community legal centres (including the TU). There are also funding cuts to other legal assistance services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and the Legal Aid Commissions. Amongst the CLCs, the Environmental Defender's Offices (EDOs) and the NSW Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) are singled out for particular cuts. Read more.

Housing economics for non economists

How do housing and economics intersect?  What are the key economic issues shaping our housing? Shelter NSW are again presenting their popular series of lectures on housing economics for non-economists.  The lectures will be given by four leading academics: Professor Richard Krever (Taxation Law and Policy Research, Monash University), Professor Peter Phibbs (Head of Urban & Regional Planning Discipline, Faculty of Architecture University of Sydney), Honorary Associate Professor Judy Yates (Economics, University of Sydney), and Dr Ben Spies-Butcher (Macquarie University). Each session will consist of a one-hour lecture, followed by questions and discussion. The lecture series is essential for policy makers and advocates in the non-profit housing sector – both government and non-government – and anyone wanting to understand how housing markets work. Read more or register now.
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