The Tenants’ Union of NSW is the peak non-government organisation representing the interests of tenants and other renters in New South Wales, Australia.
40 years of the Tenants' Union of NSW!
In 2016 the Tenants' Union is celebrating its 40th anniversary of representing the interests of tenants in NSW. We’ll be having a number of celebratory events.
New Rent Tracker released for New South Wales
Nearly 800,000 bonds are held by the NSW Rental Bond Board, and each of these bonds helps tell a story.
For over thirty years, the NSW Government has compiled a Rent and Sales Report, drawing on data held by the Rental Bond Board about new bonds lodged each quarter. The report tells an important story about renting in New South Wales, by recording the new rents tenants have agreed to pay in all towns and suburbs across NSW.
The Tenants Union of NSW has launched a new publication to help tenants, journalists and others to understand this story. We have analysed the Rent and Sales Report, along with other publicly available data about rents, and created an easy to read publication called Rent Tracker.
Tenants' guide to tax reform
Housing affordability is a key issue during the 2016 federal election. The presumed impact of reducing tax concessions for landlords has been a strong feature in media discussions, and in commentary from political parties and candidates. Most of these focus on the cost of housing to buy.
This briefing outlines how negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts affect the private rental market.
International Women's Day edition of Tenant News
Tenant News #112 is a special International Women's Day edition. It 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 recent 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.
Articles in Tenant News #112 include:
- Women finding home
- More than bricks and mortar
- Women working for change
- Transgender women and homelessness
- Ruth Simon: A champion for housing rights
- The Tenants' Union turns 40!
- When home isn't safe
- Is my residence my home?
- Tenancy Q&A: Domestic violence
Residential Tenancies Act 2010 Review Submission
The Tenants' Union of NSW is very proud to present our submission to the review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010. We do so as the peak organisation representing the nearly 2 million people who rent their home in New South Wales. In writing this submission we have drawn on the experience and expertise of tenants, tenants advocates, community workers, academics, lawyers and a range of non-government organisations.
We believe this law should deliver greater stability, liveability and affordability. To achieve this, a number of improvements need to be made to the law. We look forward to continuing to work with NSW Fair Trading to achieve a fair renting system.
Read our submission here. Submissions to the review close 29th January 2016.