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The Tenants’ Union will be CLOSED over Easter for the following days:   Telephone Advice: CLOSED from close of business Thursday 13th April. Re-opening 9.30am on Wednesday 19th April. Face to Face Advice in Hobart: CLOSED from 12.30pm on Thursday13th April.  Re-opening 9.30am on Wednesday 19th April.   Have a lovely Easter break and a stress-free tenancy!

Yesterday, we co-signed a letter with TasCOSS and Shelter Tasmania calling for standard application forms and lease agreements.   We believe that Real Estate Agencies and private landlords should not be able to require credit and criminal history checks during the application process and we have called for consultation on the questions that should and […]

This is Bill Bryce. Bill is a 70 year-old-pensioner who has lived in his current home for two years. Bill is a tenant with one of the largest Real Estate Agencies in Tasmania. A couple of weeks ago Bill noticed wasps in and around his house. He contacted his real estate agent a week ago […]

Tenants in Australia do not have it easy. They fear eviction and rent increases, and have to put their privacy on hold for quarterly inspections by their landlord. We have heard these stories by the hundreds through our advice line, drop in service and at court. The report Unsettled. Life in Australia’s private rental market, jointly published by CHOICE, National Shelter and the National […]

Tasmania along with the rest of the country has been introducing the roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to households and businesses. This network is to provide faster and more efficient internet access. The NBN will replace the old copper system. Once the copper system is turned off, without the NBN to a […]

At the Tenants’ Union we deal with people on a daily basis experiencing difficulties with their tenancies. We explain the law, advocate on behalf of our clients and represent clients in court. One of our less well-known strategies to assist tenants is to get them a lawyer before they need one. Tenants’ Union solicitor Alex […]

This week is National Volunteer Week and here at the Tenants’ Union we are pretty lucky to have some amazing people donating their wisdom and time to our cause. Volunteers run our advice line and I mean RUN not walk. Every day we receive about 20 calls from people seeking our advice. Within 24 hours […]

Changes to the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (the Act) have been coming into practice over the past few years and will continue to change until August 2018. The variations in time frames are to allow landlords the opportunity to ensure their rental properties meet the required standards without placing too much of a financial burden […]

Smoking is banned in Tasmania from all public indoor areas. You can even be fined for smoking in your car when a minor is also present. But, what about smoking in rental properties? Is there a general ban on smoking in your home if you are renting? Reviewing the Residential Tenancy Act 1997, which lays […]

Want to know the median rent for 2 bedroom properties in Burnie?  3 bedroom properties in the Huonville area?  What about the change in rents in Inner Launceston in the last three months?  They are answered in Tasmanian Rents, a new quarterly publication compiled by the Tenants’ Union using data from the Rental Deposit Authority.   […]