Reports, submissions, research

Tenants' Union policy work involves analysing and advocating for change to policy as it affects NSW renters. We make submissions to inquiries and reviews across a range of legislation and policy areas.

Private renting

Rent Tracker Research Project, updated December 2023.

Submission: NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Residential Tenancies Act (Rental Fairness) Bill 2023, May 2023.

Submission: Review of Domestic Violence rental laws, December 2022.

Submission: Tenants' Union of NSW - Keeping Pets in Rental Homes, November 2022.

Submission: Make Renting Fair NSW - Keeping Pets in Rental Homes, November 2022.

Submission: Property and Stock Agents Regulation - Remaking Rules for Property Agents, July 2022.

Report: Eviction, Hardship and the Housing Crisis February 2022.

Report: Young Renters: We hear you! Key findings from our young renter survey and roundtables June 2021.

Report: Supporting Renters Through the Pandemic September 2020.

Submission: Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019 August 2019.

Report: Lives Turned Upside Down: NSW Renters' Experience of 'no grounds' evictions March 2019.

Submission: Easy and Transparent Trading August 2018.

Submission: Long Fixed-Term Residential Tenancy Agreements Jan 2017.

Submission: Response to Fair Trading NSW discussion paper “Statutory Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010” Jan 2016.

TU's quick guide to the review of renting laws in NSW Jan 2016.

Report: 5 years of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 Jul 2015.

Comment: On the proposed repeal of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1899 Jun 2015.

Briefing: Unreasonable restrictions on children and other occupants in rental housing Oct 2014.

Report: Residential Tenancies Act 2010 Mar 2012.

Submission: Draft Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010 Sep 2011.

Submission: Residential Tenancies Bill 2009 Sep 2009.

Public, community and affordable housing

Submission: Waterloo South Plan, April 2022.

Tenants' Union of NSW and Public Interest Advocacy Centre Joint Submission to the NSW Parliament's Follow up Review of NSW Public Housing Maintenance Contracts December 2020.

Change Management: Social Housing Management Transfers Program: Best Practice Report – Tenants' Experience May 2020.

Submission: Statutory Review of s154D and s154G of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 November 2019.

Submission: Review of the National Regulatory Scheme for Community Housing April 2019.

Joint letter: Public Housing Bonds June 2018.

Joint letter: Inner Sydney Allocations March 2018.

Submission: Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017 Nov 2017.

Comment: Tenancy Bonds for Public Housing Oct 2016.

Submission: Inquiry into Management of NSW Public Housing Maintenance Contracts 2016.

Briefing Paper: Public Housing - Antisocial Behaviour Bill 2015 Sep 2015.

Submission: Sirius Building Heritage Sep 2015.

Further Comment: On the 'antisocial behaviour' amendment bill Aug 2015.

Preliminary Comment: On the 'antisocial behaviour' amendment bill Aug 2015.

Briefing update: 'One strike' evictions, and other Government proposals concerning social housing tenancies Aug 2015.

Submission: One Strike Discussion Paper Apr 2015.

Submission: Social Housing Discussion Paper Mar 2015.

Submission: The Senate Economic References Committee Inquiry into Affordable Housing Mar 2014.

Submission: The Inquiry into Social, Public and Affordable Housing Mar 2014.

Submission: Draft Public Housing Tenants Support Bill and Housing Payment Deduction Scheme Apr 2013.

Submission: National Rental Affordability Scheme Mar 2008.

Research Paper: Reshaping Public Housing and work disincentives Oct 2008.

Briefing Paper: Tenant fraud Bill Jul 2008.

Submission: Allocation of social housing 2006.

Land lease communities (residential parks)

Submission: Response to the Discussion Paper on the Statutory Review of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 March 2021.

Report: 5 years of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 August 2020.

Report: Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 February 2017.

Submission: Residential (Land Lease) Communities Regulation 2014 January 2015.

Submission: Review of Residential Parks Act 1998 Mar 2012.

Strata law

Submission: Statutory Review of NSW Strata Scheme Laws April 2021.

Submission: Reform of strata laws Aug 2015.

Submission: Draft Strata Development Bill Apr 2014.

Submission: Strata Schemes Management Bill Apr 2014.

Submission: Strata and community title law reform Nov 2012.

Boarders, lodgers and share housing

Submission: Boarding Houses Act 2012 review October 2019.

Report: Five years of the Boarding Houses Act 2012 March 2018.

Report: Share Housing in NSW May 2017.

Report: Boarding House Education Project evaluation June 2016.

Report: Analysis of registrable boarding houses and the roomshare market May 2014.

Submission: Draft Boarding Houses Regulation 2013 May 2013.

Submission: Draft standard form occupancy agreement for general boarding houses Apr 2013.

Comment: Boarding Houses Bill 2012 Oct 2012.

Briefing: Residential services registration and accreditation Mar 2012.

Comment: Residential Tenancies Amendment (Occupancy Agreements) Bill 2011 Dec 2011.

Policy Paper: Reforming marginal renting Jul 2011.

Briefing: Occupancy principles Jul 2011.

Briefing: Occupancy Agreements Jul 2011.

Tax reform

Submission: NSW Government's Proposed Property Tax reform March 2021.

Briefing: Tenants' guide to tax reform May 2016.

Policy Paper: Land Tax reform for affordable housing Jul 2014.

Short-term holiday letting

Submission: Short-term rental accommodation – a new regulatory framework September 2019

Submission: Short-term Rental Accommodation Planning Framework November 2018.

Research: The effects of Airbnb on rents in Sydney April 2017.

Tribunal and other dispute resolution

Submission: Open Justice Review, Law Reform Commission February 2021.

Submission: Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 Statutory Review July 2019.

Submission: on Fair Trading Complaints Register Guidelines May 2018.

Submission: Response to 'Justice for everyday problems: Civil Justice in NSW' consultation paper Feb 2017.

Submission: Opportunities to consolidate tribunals in NSW Dec 2011.

Other topics

Report: Aboriginal Housing and Housing Activism in NSW, May 2023.

Submission: Proposal for the PaintShop Precinct, August 2022.

Submission: Inquiry into Embedded Networks, July 2022.

Submission: NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Older persons (over 55) and Homelessness, June 2022.

Submission: Productivity Commission's Housing and Homelessness Agreement Review March 2022.

Submission: NSW Government's Consultation on Energy Consumer Policies March 2022

Submission: Regional Housing Taskforce September 2021.

Submission on the Indigenous Voice Co-design Process & the Interim Voice Report; in support of a First Nations Voice to Parliament April 2021.

Submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Bill also available from Parliament website (submission 215) March 2021.

Submission to the Audit Office NSW, Responses to Homelessness January 2021.

Submission on the Social Program for Energy Code November 2020.

Submission on Explanation of Intention for proposed Housing Diversity SEPP September 2020.

Submission: on A Housing Strategy for NSW - Discussion Paper August 2020.

Submission: NSW Ageing Strategy July 2020.

National Association of Tenants' Organisations' Submission to Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also available from Parliament website (submission 449) June 2020.

Submission to the United Nations: COVID-19 and the right to housing in Australia – focus on NSW June 2020.

Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs: Inquiry into Homelessness June 2020.

Briefing: Further supports required for renters during COVID-19 health crisis May 2020.

Submission: Kickstarting the productivity discussion November 2019.

Submission: Federal inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and Related Payments September 2019.

Guide: A tenant's guide to the NSW election 2019 March 2019.

Submission: Better Business Reforms December 2018.

Submission: Federal inquiry into energy efficiency and low income rental homes Sept 2018.

Presentation: NACLC Conference - 'Scraping it together' August 2018.

Submission: Easy and Transparent Trading Consultation Paper August 2018.

Briefing: Bond exit survey April 2018.

Submission: on Protections for Residents of Long Term Supported Group Accommodation in NSW March 2018.

Submission: Inquiry into land release and housing supply in NSW Sept 2017.

Submission: Inquiry into elder abuse in NSW Nov 2015.

Briefing Paper: Residual Current Devices Oct 2014.

Research: Survey Report Affordable Housing and the New South Wales Rental Market Apr 2014.

Submission: Review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 Oct 2013.

Submission: White Paper and Draft Metropolitan Strategy Jul 2013.

Submission: Children and window safety consultation paper Apr 2013.

Submission: NSW Fair Trading review of regulatory burden 2013.

Submission: Companion Animals Taskforce Jul 2012.