Penny and Benji

"Anything else you're trying to do in your life – you just have to put it on hold. Everything else stops while you try to work out where you'll be living."

When Penny received a $100 rent increase notice in the middle of last year she thought this seemed excessive. She tried to negotiate with the landlord. In response she received an email telling her she was being evicted: "we feel that the tenancy has reached the end of its life".

When she was evicted Penny had been living in her Marrickville home for 5 years – with her partner Warren and their 7 month old baby Benji.

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What does your home mean to you... comfort, security, shelter? Now ask yourself, how would you feel if you were told you had to leave and never told why?

For the 2 million+ renters in NSW our rental property is our home.

Currently if you rent your home in NSW you can be evicted without being given a reason. This means renters can – and do – get kicked out for things like asking for basic repairs or questioning a steep increase in the rent. Or simply because their landlord doesn’t like them. It also means many renters live in fear of losing their home and just don’t ask for their legislated rights like maintenance or repairs to be carried out.

When someone is evicted it hurts the whole community. Communities lose neighbours and friends. They lose workers, volunteers, community members – the local footie coach, the coordinator at the Council community garden, their kids’ best friends.

When someone is evicted there is always a reason. We want to make sure it’s a good one.

Join us in calling for a change to tenancy law so that when someone is evicted there is always a good reason… and a real opportunity to challenge the eviction when there is not.

It’s time things changed. Let’s make renting fair.