NEWS

A strong voice for tenants

Charmaine Jones, with TU staff, Patrycja, Jemima, Anne and Julie
Charmaine Jones, with TU staff
Charmaine Jones, social housing tenant and Tenants' Union Treasurer, reflects on her involvement with the TU and the changes in the sphere of social housing.
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Stories from 40 years of advocacy

Robert Mowbray
Robert Mowbray, TU Project Officer
Robert Mowbray was a founder of the TU and continues to be active in the movement for the rights of tenants through his work as the TU Older Tenants Project Officer and his work with residents of Miller's Point. In this article for Tenant News Robert recounts some his favourite stories from his years of activism.
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Drawing on the past, taking on the future

Ned Cutcher
Ned Cutcher, TU Senior Policy Officer
Ned Cutcher, Senior Policy Officer of the Tenants' Union reflects on 40 years of advocating for tenants' rights and the big ticket items that remain. Drawing on the experience and expertise we’ve gathered over the last four decades, the TU celebrates its 40th anniversary with a bold new plan. We’re working towards a society where low-income households can access secure, liveable and affordable rental housing, and in the meantime we’ll make a positive difference to the lives of people who rent in New South Wales.
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New Rent Tracker released for NSW

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. 
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A place of my own

Annette Murphy
Annette Murphy, Doonside tenant
I am originally from Walgett, Northern NSW. In Walgett everyone knows me as ‘Daughter’. I would like to move back to Walgett, but my children and grandchildren are in Sydney, so I will probably stay here.

I have lived in Sydney since I was about 19 years old. I have been living in my current home in Doonside for about 4 years. I rent through the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO)
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Home is everything to me

Taressa Mongta, Surry Hills tenant
Taressa Mongta, Surry Hills tenant
I grew up on the Northern foreshores of Botany Bay at the La Perouse Aboriginal Reserve AKA ‘Lappa Mish’ in the 1970s and 1980’s.

It was great growing up there. The sea was our backyard – 6 beaches, National Park Lands. We had plenty of space and freedom. Everyone (mainly us girls and a couple a boys) had a horse. In the words of Mr Greg Blaxland “there were that many horses, in the end they were tying them up with string!”
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Hunter TAAS Residential Communities Project

Residential park wlk
New Legislation for residential parks will impact many residents
Hunter Tenant’s Advice & Advocacy Service, along with a number of other tenancy services received a one off grant from NSW Fair Trading to employ a part time project worker to assist with the implementation of the new Residential Land Lease Communities Act 2013. Hunter has a significant number of residential communities in its area and that number is set to increase. Large communities are currently being built in Newcastle and Cessnock and Maitland and Port Stephens councils have approved, or are considering development applications for even more residential communities.
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ISTAAS speaks up for public housing tenants in parliamentary inquiry

Kimberley Mackenzie (RLC Tenants' Advocate), Jacqui Swinburne (RLC Tenancy Coordinator) & Ned Cutcher (TU)
Kimberley Mackenzie (RLC Tenants' Advocate), Jacqui Swinburne (RLC Tenancy Coordinator) & Ned Cutcher (Tenants' Union)
Redfern Legal Centre has spent many years advocating for public housing tenants waiting for basic repairs to be done on their homes. The lack of action they experience, even after correct procedure is followed, can be detrimental to people’s health and wellbeing.
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