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Tasmanian rents fell in all regions in the June quarter according to data collected from the Rental Deposit Authority.  The 1.9% fall in Tasmanian rent in June is consistent with previous years where the statistics show rents fall in June following rises in March.  The largest fall in regional rent occurred in the North (down […]

The latest issue of Tasmanian Rents, covering rents in Tasmania in the first quarter of 2017, is available in our publications section. Read more here.

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 […]

  Update: After Bill’s story featured in the local ABC news in late February, the wasp nest on his property was removed. However, Housing Tasmania did not change its policy, which still states that pest and vermin are a tenant responsibility. We have send the following letter to Housing Tasmania on 3 May 2017.   Original […]

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 […]