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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 […]

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.   […]

In our Don’t Panic booklet we stated that tenants facing unreasonable rent increases could seek a review with the Residential Tenancy Commissioner instead of, as previously, with the Magistrates Court. This information unfortunately failed to mention the transitional period, which is prescribed in the Act and led to a number of reviews being sought from […]

Questions about repairs and what tenants can do when a landlord refuses to carry them out are the most dealt with issues by the our advice line volunteers and our lawyers conducting face to face advice. With the amendments of the Residential Tenancy Act of October 2014 a central part of the procedure of dealing […]

In July 2014 the Tenants’ Union introduced a new Online Membership and Training with the aim to broaden Tasmanian community participation in and knowledge about tenancy matters. The online training seeks to get Tasmanians conversant with the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (Tas), including recent amendments and upcoming changes. In seven lessons trainees get a broad […]

Features include: Staff and Management Committee Reports, Tenancy Statistics, Financial Reports. It’s must reading for the accountability-curious and those without access to sleeping tablets. Annual report 2013-14