The Tenants’ Union of Tasmania receives the least funding of any tenant advocacy service in Australia. From the State and Commonwealth Governments we receive $7.83 per rental household compared to $14.94 in Queensland, $16.34 in the Northern Territory, $16.46 in New South Wales and $19.08 in Victoria. Yesterday, in a submission to the Department of Treasury […]

Our Annual Report for the financial year 2022/23 is now available on our website. The report includes information about our organisation, services, advocacy projects as well as financial statements. You will also find statistics on renting in Tasmania from de-identified information provided by our telephone advice clients. Find the full report below, or along with […]

Rents in the South continue to decrease, albeit not as significantly as last quarter, causing the statewide index to drop as well.  It’s the first time since September 2012 that rents in the South or statewide have decreased for two consecutive quarters, both times by around 5 per cent.  Overall changes, both up and down […]

We have provided a submission to the Inquiry into Energy Prices in Tasmania. Our submission calls for improved energy efficiency minimum standards in Tasmania (like insulation and energy efficient appliances) as has already occurred in other Australian jurisdictions. 

Along with Shelter Tasmania and TasCOSS we have written to all members of the Legislative Council calling on them to support window coverings being mandated in the bedroom/s and main living area of all social housing properties.

Along with TasCOSS we have written to all members of the House of Assembly calling on them to support  window coverings being mandated in the bedroom/s and main living area of all social housing properties.  Read the letter below.

We have responded to the Senate Inquiry into the ‘Worsening rental crisis in Australia’. Our submission calls for significant investment in social housing, increased income support, a review of Commonwealth Rent Assistance, better protections for renters in the Residential Tenancy Act and a review of property tax concessions. Find our submission below.

In line with increasing vacancy rates Tasmanian rents for the June quarter 2023 show decreases in most areas. The pattern very much resembles the decreases seen in 2020 when COVID-19 lockdowns meant fewer international students and short stay properties returning to the long-term rental market. Overall, decreases were highest in the South (-4.1%) and less […]

All States and Territories have agreed to strengthen renters’ rights and ensure national consistency. Whilst there is no timeframe on when the reforms will be introduced, there was disappointingly no agreement on stabilising rents and some of these reforms were introduced in Tasmania years ago, the reforms will improve the rights of renters across Tasmania […]

We provided feedback to the Tasmanian Housing Strategy Exposure Draft. Our recommendations outlined in our letter below include: a review of the Residential Tenancy Act (1997) to strengthen tenants’ security of tenure, rent regulation, pets and minimum standards; a commitment to retaining existing public housing stock and a set percentage of public housing in the […]