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NSW Parliament is talking tenancy

Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act are being debated

The Residential Tenancies Amendment (Review) Bill 2018 [NSW] was introduced to the lower house of NSW Parliament yesterday, and 'no grounds' evictions were the key issue debated during a long night of discussion in the lower and upper houses.

Check out these two recent Tenants' Union blog posts:
  • What you need to know about renting reform in NSW
    We take a closer look at the Bill and what it will mean for renters in NSW. The Bill contains many positive amendments for renters, but it doesn't address the fundamental imbalance in our renting laws caused by unfair 'no grounds' evictions.
  • Renting laws debated in Parliament
    We give a run down on what happened in Parliament yesterday, and who said what – Liberal, Labor, Greens, and Christian Democrats.
Also see these recent articles from Domain: Debate will continue in the upper house around the amendment to remove 'no grounds' provisions. Key MPs have the power to end 'no grounds' evictions.
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A special event at Parliament

Yesterday, the Tenants' Union participated in a special event at Parliament, organised by the Make Renting Fair campaign and Everybody's Home. The event brought together renters, housing academics, campaign supporters, and MP decision makers. It was a great success with over 80 attendees including dozens of MPs and advisers!

We heard from Keith – a renter who has lived in 7 homes over the last 10 years. "I am sick and tired of being forced to move. I’ve figured out that each time we move it has cost us around $3000. No grounds evictions have totally disrupted my family’s life."

Dr Emma Power (Senior Research Fellow in Geography and Urban Studies at Western Sydney University) spoke about her research on the experiences of older women renters. Today she has published an adapted version of her speech in the Conversation: Life as an older renter, and what it tells us about the urgent need for tenancy reform

Russell Rodrigo, a property investor, spoke about how the proposed reforms are actually in landlords' interests too – because they will foster better relationships and improved stability.

Yasmin Catley MP, Jenny Leong MP and Alex Greenwich MP also co-hosted the event and spoke about their support for ending unfair evictions. Leader of the Opposition Luke Foley MP also attended the event.

Academics publish open letter

The Conversation and Domain have published an open letter by 45 housing experts from a range of disciplines about the proposed changes to NSW tenancy laws. In this letter, the academics voice their support for ending unfair 'no grounds' evictions in NSW.

Read the open letter here

You can make a difference!

The Make Renting Fair campaign is is asking supporters to email key members of the Legislative Council to ensure the reform is effective and fair.

The Greens and the Labor Party have put forward amendments to the Government’s legislation in order to end no-grounds evictions. These amendments need the support of key members of the Legislative Council to pass. Please take a few minutes to email these key MPs now, and let them know you want them to support the amendments to the Government’s new rental laws and end unfair evictions.

Minister Matt Kean has said he is not convinced 'no grounds' evictions are a problem, but will go back to the drawing board on the issue if he's shown evidence it's a problem. Help us show the Minister that 'no grounds' evictions are a problem – take our short survey about evictions.
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