Our campaign to make renting fair and ensure renters in NSW are protected against unfair evictions is actively supported by a strong coalition of 90 community organisations, unions and faith-based organisations.
Will your organisation join 90 organisations showing support to Make Renting Fair?
Email us at [email protected] to add your organisation’s name to publicly support the campaign to improve security for renters in NSW. If your organisation would like to add their voice to campaign calling to Make Renting Fair we will ask you to:
Add your organisation’s support by formally endorsing the Campaign Sign On Statement (see below)
Provide your organisations’ logo to be uploaded to the campaign website
Provide the web address to which we should link your logo on our website
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Campaign sign-on statement
Over 2 million people or close to a third of all households rent their homes in NSW. Many of these are families – over half of single parent families and third of couples with children are now renting in the private rental market. Renters face great uncertainty and constant upheaval due to the lack of security they face in the private rental market.
What does ‘lack of security’ look like in practice?
Renters get evicted unfairly
A significant number of renters are evicted unfairly, some for simply asking for repairs or questioning a rent increase. Others because of discrimination or where the landlord had decided they just don’t like them. It is very hard for a renter to challenge this kind of unfair eviction.
Renters don’t complain
Lack of security means renters are much less likely to assert their rights because they are worried about repercussions. When the Tenants’ Union of NSW surveyed renters in 2014, more than three quarters of respondents told us they had put up with a problem, or declined to assert their rights, because they were worried about an adverse consequence.
Renters are forced to move more often.
One in three renters are likely to have moved home in the last year, and even more (closer to 40%) have moved three or more times in the past 5 years. Many of them – again around a third of renters – are moving because they have been forced to do so, and often face significant personal, social and financial costs as a result. When they are evicted renters talk about the impact in terms of being hit with huge moving costs, having to pay higher rent in their next property, and being forced to move further and further away from work and family each time they are evicted.
For renters on low incomes or with complex needs the consequences can be grim. They may be forced to accept less stable, less secure, unsuitable or substandard accommodation. They are at a much higher risk of being evicted directly into homelessness.
What can be done?
We call on the NSW Government to improve security for renters in NSW by requiring landlords to provide a good reason if they want to evict someone from their home.
Currently in NSW renters can be evicted without being given a reason (‘no grounds’ termination) under sections 84 and 85 of the NSW Residential Tenancies Act 2010.
We call on the NSW Government to remove these provisions in the Act, and in their place provide landlords with an expanded list of ‘reasonable grounds’ for ending an agreement. This would require landlords to be transparent about their reasons for ending a tenancy, and give renters the chance to challenge an unfair eviction.
 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census 2016
 Existing provisions against ‘retaliatory evictions’ within current tenancy legislation are notoriously weak. There are only 10 reported decisions on this issue at the relevant Tribunal - and all but one of these cases was decided in favour of the landlord.
 Cutcher and Patterson Ross, Affordable Housing and the New South Wales Rental Market: 2014 Survey Report, Tenants’ Union NSW, 2014
 Australian Bureau of Statistics, Survey of Income and Housing, 2007 – 2008