NEWS

The Granny Flat Trap

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There can be hidden traps when renting granny flats.
Over the past six months the Southern Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service at Metro Assist has seen a steady influx of problems with granny flats. There can be hidden traps when renting granny flats. Firstly, if the granny flat is on the same electricity meter as the house, or there are two granny flats that share a meter, then the electricity bill should be in the name of the landlord, not the tenant.
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CLCNSW welcomes crucial funding from NSW government

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced over $6 million over two years in additional funding for community legal centres in NSW, stepping in to fill the void created by a pending reduction in funding by the federal government of 23 per cent in NSW. 
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Tenants' Union releases results of survey of share house residents

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Sharehouse residents have voiced their support for fair share-house rules in a new survey from the Tenants' Union of NSW. The current legal situation for share house residents is confusing, and leads to disputes which are difficult to resolve the survey found.
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Sometimes you need help to get on the right track

Raymond Morris with WESTS coordinator Franya Repolusk
Raymond Morris with WESTS coordinator Franya Repolusk
Raymond Morris is a public housing tenant who's very active in his community – he's mentored and supported hundreds of people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Last year, Raymond put up a carport at his place to secure his car. However Housing NSW informed him that is was an illegal structure, ordered him to take it down, and also served him with an eviction notice. So Raymond got advice from the Western Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (WESTS) and went to the Tribunal.
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New outreach service in Penrith

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The Western Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (WESTS) will operate a new outreach service in Penrith every Wednesday, located at the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre.
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A Compact for Renewal: What tenants want from Renewal

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Respect for tenants, acknowledgment that renewal has damaging and disruptive impacts, that impacts will be mitigated and minimised, a commitment to real engagement, and that tenants receive a fair share of the benefits of renewal. These are the Principles for a proposed Compact for Renewal between agencies undertaking urban renewal and social housing tenants affected by renewal. 
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Federal Government must not let us down - ACOSS and National Shelter release 6 point National Housing Affordability Plan

Releasing today its 6 point "Housing Australia's People: A Serious Plan'", ACOSS and National Shelter set out a comprehensive package of reforms that would deliver growth in social and affordability housing for people on low and modest incomes and take the heat out of the open housing market for all.
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Funding cuts to Community Legal Centres reversed

Funding cuts to Community Legal Centres reversed
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