Western Sydney Tenants' Service (WESTS)

 

CONTACT

Phone

(02) 8833 0933

Hours:

Mon:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Tue:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Wed:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Thu:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Fri:

9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

 

ABOUT

WESTS provides free tenancy advice, referrals, and advocacy for residential tenants at the Tribunal. Our services are focused on but not limited to tenants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; who are low-income earners; living in social housing; who suffer isolation; and/or who have disabilities.

Our services are available to renters living in Western Sydney. Please note, we do not offer advice on tenancy issues to landlords or real estate agents, or strata advice.

Book an appointment to see our team at the Parramatta Office, Monday to Fridays: Suite 202, 107 Phillip Street Parramatta NSW 2150. Or Drop-In to our Penrith Outreach, Tuesday to Thursdays: 688 High Street Penrith NSW 2750 (appointments are preferable).

WESTS is a program of the Western Sydney Community Legal Centre (WSCLC).

Call us on 8833 0933, or email: tenancy[at]wsclc.org.au or use our online intake form. We will endeavour to call you within 2-3 business days.

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NEWS

09/11/2021

Forging Ahead – Tenant Advocates Conference 2021

In October 2021, around 100 Tenant Advocates from across NSW came together online for our annual Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services Conference, under the theme 'Forging Ahead'. It was a great opportunity for Tenant Advocates to hear from each other about the issues faced by different renters, and to learn, discuss and innovate in our practice. A main focus of the Conference this year was the huge challenges faced by renters due to COVID and the ongoing housing crisis, as well as how we can forge ahead and continue to improve.
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03/08/2021

WESTS lockdown service update

The Western Sydney Tenants' Service (WESTS) is operating remotely during the COVID-19 Lockdown period. We will continue to deliver our excellent service to the Western Sydney community whilst in lockdown. Our offices are currently closed, but we strongly encourage our clients to continue contacting us online or via phone. As a tenant, you are entitled to exercise your rights within the scope of the current Public Health Orders and landlords are still to be held accountable to their general obligations under the rental agreement and residential tenancies law.
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26/05/2021

WESTS Community Engagement Day

On Friday 21 May 2021, WESTS held a community engagement event at the Skye Hotel in Parramatta to reconnect with key partners of our organisation. The event was a great success. There were over 60 attendees at the community engagement day who were able to finally reconnect with WESTS after a long-period of physical isolation dating back to the COVID-19 lockdown in March last year.
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28/11/2022

Electricity is a hot topic but little has changed for residents in land lease communities

There have been a number of consultations, reviews and inquiries into electricity in NSW over the past couple of years. The Tenants’ Union provided submissions to a number of these inquiries…
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28/11/2022

Margaret Reckless faces further challenges

The Tenants’ Union of NSW has been following and supporting Margaret Reckless' fight for her rights in the residential land lease community she has lived in for the past six years. Over…
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25/11/2022

Research: Northern Rivers floods expose flaws in NSW housing system

As flooding impacts more NSW communities, new research from UNSW City Futures Research Centre, jointly commissioned by the Tenants' Union of NSW along with Mission Australia, St Vincent de…
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21/11/2022

Tenants' Union Annual Report 2021-22

The 2021-2022 financial year began with Sydney under a strict four-month lockdown and finished with severe weather, flooding, and a deepening housing crisis. Through these challenging times, the…
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16/11/2022

Homes for people: Housing solutions for everyone

In November the Tenants' Union of NSW, along with our Homes for People coalition partners, organised a parliamentary briefing to launch the election advocacy platform Homes for People:…
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03/11/2022

Survey on Domestic Violence and Renting

Renters in NSW who are experiencing domestic violence are able to take action to end their tenancy and escape the situation without facing a penalty. They are also protected from financial…
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31/10/2022

Property Tax: TUNSW provides evidence to NSW Parliament

Last week the Tenants' Union of NSW spoke at the public hearing for the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Property Tax (First Home Buyer) Bill 2022 in support of the introduction of a…
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20/10/2022

Pets and renting — share your experience!

We would like to hear from NSW renters about your experiences renting with pets (or trying to get landlord permission for a pet). We will use information you provide to us to collate a…
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19/10/2022

NEWTAAS Annual Report 2022

Spiralling rents threaten many tenants with homelessness if they lose their homes. Many tenants are being evicted for no reason (no grounds terminations). NEWTAAS Tenant Advocates assess a…
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14/10/2022

Healthy Homes for Renters at NSW Parliament

Yesterday the Tenants' Union of NSW alongside Better Renting and Sweltering Cities provided a briefing on Healthy Homes for Renters to a diverse, cross section of Members of the NSW…
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05/10/2022

Evicted! A comedy about renting in Sydney

Evicted! is a new comedy about renting in Sydney. The film won the audience award for best feature at the 2022 Sydney Film Festival. It follows a ragtag bunch of millennial housemates who get…
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23/09/2022

Outasite - land lease community magazine

The Tenants' Union has just published issue 8 of Outasite – our annual printed publication for land lease communities! It has been delivered to mailboxes in communities all over NSW.
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