The changing shape of the rental market; an insight into landlords' thinking; a warning about agents and their commitments; art in celebration of International Tenants' Day and a fond farewell to Animal.
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Happy International Tenants' Day! This year and last year, the Tenants Union ACT celebrated the day with an Art Exhibition & Competition. The artwork above is last year's winning entry by Maria Sankey.

How landlords think, and the shape of the rental market

Judy Yates, leading housing researcher and friend of the TU, has kindly given us a couple of graphs that show the changing shape of the Australian rental housing market. Understanding this is crucial to understanding affordability problems, as Chris Martin explains. Read more.
In a second article, Chris explores how landlords think and the way it affects more than just your ability to choose whether you'll keep a pet (important as that is). Landlords' thinking changes the dynamic of the rental market. Chris examines the taxation system, negative gearing, and the unhappy results for tenants. Read more.

Agents and their commitments

The real estate agent you deal with may not be the person you think they are. Talking with tenants, we find many who think of the agent either as 'their' agent, or as an impartial intermediary between themselves and the landlord. But neither is true. The agent is always your landlord's agent. Read more.

NSW Land and Housing Corporation: receipts & payments

We take a look at the Land and Housing Corportion (LAHC)'s most recent (2012-13) Annual Report, and particularly its statement of cash flows, to find out where LAHC's money came from, and where it went. A number of interesting points emerge about rents received from tenants and the sale of social housing stock. Read more.

Struggling with the cost of living?

Concessions can make an important difference to people doing it tough. But while the current system is far from perfect, recent funding cuts mean the future of concessions is uncertain. The NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) is currently working to develop recommendations on a fairer, more effective concessions system, and they’d love you to join the discussion.

Farewell, Animal

Public housing tenant and Order of Australia recipient, Randall 'Animal' Nelson died recently. He was well known as the 'Kings Cross Santa Claus' - every year he would sort, wrap and pack presents for Sydney's sick and underprivileged. Check out the beautiful story and photo gallery.
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