The primary work of services like the Eastern Area Tenants Service is to provide quality, free phone advice and advocacy for tenants, and to inform tenants about their legal rights. Follow the links below to see some of the areas EATS and other services are involved in. You may also find areas in which you may want to become involved.

Link Dealing with high rents, housing affordability and policy
Link Making sure that public housing properties are maintained in decent condition for tenants

The NSW Boarding Houses Act 2012

In 2012 the NSW Parliament passed the Boarding Houses Act 2012. This law extends some legal rights to people who are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 if they live in registerable boarding houses with 5 or more residents. 

The NSW government addressed many community concerns when it passed the Boarding Houses Act 2012, although some renters remain without easily accessible legal rights. See here for an outline of different types of renters’ legal rights.

Follow the following links to see a summary of the provisions of the Boarding Houses Act 2012 and the Act itself.


Outline of the Boarding Houses Act 2012
This brief article outlines the main changes and the rights that will apply to residents of registerable boarding houses with five or more residents. 


Boarding Houses Act 2012
Residents of boarding houses (not hotels or hostels) with more than five residents may be covered by the Boarding Houses Act 2012 (Follow this link and click on Boarding Houses Act 2012 No 74 in the left hand column). This law started to come into operation in early 2013. The government is still working on a set of “occupancy principles” setting out residents rights. At March 20 2013, nothing had been put in place.