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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.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

A raft of new tenancy laws came into effect from October 1st and our factsheets have been updated to reflect this.  Arguably of greatest benefit to tenants is the 42 day (6 week) notice period for an eviction at the end of a fixed term lease, up from a minimum of 14 days.  This change […]

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

People can now access training and join the Tenants’ Union as a member for free by clicking Log In/Sign Up in the top right hand corner. There are two options: Training Account and Membership. Training Account allows people free access to our training courses which use slides and video to explain the Residential Tenancy Act […]

Minimum standards and a section referring to photographs will no longer start on October 1 following an eleventh hour change to the Residential Tenancy Act amendments by Minister Vanessa Goodwin, following industry lobbying.  The remainder of the amendments are still set to commence on October 1, but the Minister held back two sections indefinitely in […]

The Australian Companion Animal Council has published two small publications about making tenancy in Australia more pet friendly. One is a guide for tenants and the other a guide for landlords and agents.  Reading through their literature, you really start to understand the level of prejudice against pets in tenancies and the lengths some tenants […]

The TUT will hold a Special General Meeting to discuss two changes to the Constitution.  The first changes the Committee Meeting quorum from 4 down to 3, the second, means that General Meeting notices will be published online and sent to members via email, rather than being published in a Tasmanian newspaper.  The meeting will […]