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With the state election imminent, we have identified a number of areas of reform that will significantly improve housing conditions for the more than 54,000 Tasmanian households that rent. Late last month we sent correspondence to the Tasmanian Liberal Party, the Australian Labor Party and the Tasmanian Greens in which we outlined seven key areas […]

Thanks to additional funding from the Solicitor’s Guarantee Fund we will be able to provide a Duty Solicitor in the Launceston Magistrates Court once a week. Our solicitors will be able to support any tenancy case on the spot, but preparation will enhance your chances for a positive outcome. If you have a tenancy case scheduled […]

The September 2017 edition of Tasmanian Rents is out and here’s what it shows: Southern Tasmanian rents rose by 7.1% for 2 bedroom properties and 9.4% for 3 bedroom properties in the last year. The rents in Greater Hobart rose even faster, with the most extreme example being Hobart City 3 bedroom properties rising by […]

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 […]