The stories of women who rent. Plus new resources on antisocial behaviour, negative gearing, and more.
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Happy International Women's Day!

In celebration of International Women's Day on 8 March, the women of the TU have enthusiastically produced a special edition of Tenant News – our printed publication for tenants.

This issue of Tenant News tells the stories of women who rent in NSW – stories of struggle and hope. You’ll find women writing about the legal insecurity that impacts on their ability to make a home when renting, and about how LGBTIQ, refugee and older women face discrimination in the rental market. We also explore public housing redevelopment policies and more.
The common thread in all these stories is the search for stability, liveability and affordability when making a home. Renting laws can be changed to facilitate these basic needs. In our submission to the Residential Tenancies Act Review, we ask Minister Dominello to do this by including changes to the law on evictions, rent increases and repairs. Read our full recommendations for change in our submission.

We're printing and posting 4,000 copies of Tenant News – you should get yours within the next week if you're on our postal list. If you'd like a copy (or many), please email us. Copies are free for tenants and community workers! Please help us by giving Tenant News to other tenants, community workers and clients.

Here are some of the stories in this issue of Tenant News...

Women finding home

Women from a refugee background face a multitude of challenges and barriers when trying to find a place to call home in Australia. Read more

More than bricks and mortar

Robyn lives in south western Sydney and has experience as a tenant who has been through a redevelopment process in public housing. Read more

Women working for change

We talked to six women who live in residential parks who are all creating meaningful change within their communities. Read more

Transgender women & homelessness

Although only 7-11% of the population are same-sex attracted and/or transgender they constitute 25% of the young people who are homeless. Read more

A champion for housing rights

Ruth Simon has dedicated herself to ensuring justice for Aboriginal people through her work, both paid and unpaid. Read more

The Tenants' Union turns 40!

On Thursday 11 February the TU launched our 40th anniversary celebrations with a BBQ at Northcott Community Centre. Read more

When home isn't safe

Indigo is a 20 year old queer person who has felt unsafe at times, due to the behaviour of housemates in share housing. Read more

Is my residence my home?

One of the themes for the TU's 40th anniversary celebrations is My House, My Home. But is that true if you rent? Read more

Women tell their tenancy stories

Six women give different perspectives on the life of a tenant and what 'home' means to them – scattered throughout Tenant News. Read more

Tenancy Q&A: Domestic violence

Cass Wong, TU Litigation Solicitor, explains the steps required for a survivor of domestic violence to terminate their tenancy. Read more
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People from the TU will be popping to to these events. We'd love to see you there...
 

International Women's Day Fair in Marrickville

An International Women's Day Fair being organised by Women's Legal Services NSW and Marrickville Legal Centre will be a fun day out for all the family with live entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities and summer fete games, 10am-1pm Sunday 6 March, Steel Park, Illawarra Rd, Marrickville.
 

Homes for Older Women

The launch of the Older Women Housing and Homelessness Group’s A Plan for Change: Homes for Older Women will be happening at 8:30am Tuesday 8 March, Level 34, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. RSVP to digby@homelessnessnsw.org.au

In other news...

Late last year NSW Parliament passed the highly contentious Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing - Antisocial Behaviour) Act. This law affects the rights and obligations of all social housing tenants in NSW, and restricts the capacity of the Tribunal to consider the evidence before it. FACS Housing will now begin actively using the new rules against public housing tenants. Many of the new rules are highly complex. So the Tenants' Union has put together a Guide to the five most important changes for tenants and community advocates.

Following the ALP's policy announcement, negative gearing is back in the spotlight. To learn more, we recommend the following articles: TU Project Officer for Older Tenants, Robert Mowbray, writing in Inner Sydney Voice, explains that older private renters, especially those who are single and female, are the new face of poverty Older renters: The new face of poverty. Robert also gives a brief overview of The significance of the Sirius building in the Rocks, following recommendations made by the Heritage Council of NSW.

Also on our blog, Julie Foreman writes about a recent public meeting on the proposed redevelopment of the Waterloo public housing estate, and the anxiety and confusion felt by tenants: Let's walk the talk in Waterloo.
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