The Tenants’ Union of NSW is the peak non-government organisation representing the interests of tenants and other renters in New South Wales, Australia.
Draft Public Housing Tenants Support Bill and Housing Payment Deduction Scheme: submission
The Housing Payment Deduction Scheme would allow, in two circumstances, public housing authorities (‘public housing lessors’) to request the deduction of monies from the social security payments of public housing tenants, with the deducted monies to be paid directly to the public housing authority.
Draft Boarding Houses Regulation 2013: submission
The TU generally supports the draft Regulation, subject to the recommendations and other points discussed below.
Children and window safety consultation paper: submission
The TU consulted with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead during the development of its report, and has promoted its recommendations as a priority for law reform. We welcome the NSW Government’s commitment to act on the recommendations.
Draft standard form occupancy agreement for general boarding houses: submission
The TU supports the draft standard form occupancy agreement for general boarding houses (the draft standard form). Subject to three qualifications discussed below, it is a practical, balanced agreement that is consistent with the occupancy principles set out in the Boarding Houses Act 2012 (BH Act).
We submit that consideration should be given, after an initial period of voluntary use and monitoring by NSW Fair Trading, to making use of the standard form mandatory per s 29(4) of the BH Act.
NSW Fair Trading review of regulatory burden: submission
The present submission is made on our own behalf, and on behalf of the Tenants Advice and Advocacy network. It addresses the following pieces of legislation discussed in the issues paper:
- Consumer Claims Act 1998 (‘the CCA’)
- Landlord and Tenant Act 1899 (‘the 1899 Act’)
- Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act 1948 (‘the 1948 Act’)