Latest Eastern Suburbs tenancy news

BootFactor See current print and web version of the Boot Factor (PDF). The articles in the list below can contain more information that was included in the web or print newsletter.
For sale BOARDING HOUSES: Long awaited rights
for some residents

Parts of the NSW Government’s Boarding Houses Act 2012 began coming into effect  in early 2013, with the rest of the Act expected to roll out later in the year.

EATS has been involved in a campaign aimed at bringing attention to the inadequate state of repair of many Housing NSW properties. The campaign, called Get It Fixed! is an initiative of the Inner Sydney Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service and aims to educate social housing tenants about their legal right to repairs and about the process to follow to get repairs done properly and expediently.

ILLEGAL USE in standard residential tenancy agreements
A landlord can issue a tenant with a termination notice for illegal use of their premises. They can do this before an accused person is found guilty. A termination notice must give the tenant two weeks to move out. If they do not, the landlord can apply to the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal for an order for termination.

BONDS-Not the landlord’s money!
Tenants often feel at a loss when their landlord or real estate agent either refuses to or stalls signing off on the Claim for Refund of Bond Money Form. Tenants have the right to start the bond claim process without the agreement of their landlord or agent.

SMOKE ALARMS- help for seniors
Fire and Rescue NSW can replace smoke alarm batteries or smoke alarms for seniors in private rental (or their own homes) who don’t have access to friends, family or neighbours to do this for them.

The Rocks

PUBLIC HOUSING- Tenants claim demolition by neglect
Over 600 public housing households in Millers Point and the Rocks face an uncertain future, as the state government considers the future of public housing in the area. Tenants have condemned the uncertainty, and those who favor breaking up their 200 year old community in favor of wealthy vested interests. Many say they are prepared to fight to keep their homes and their community.
Web site
EATS rolls out better services for tenants
As people work harder and longer, it is more difficult for many to make or receive phone calls during working hours. EATS has rolled out two new services to make it easier for time-poor tenants to get quality tenancy advice and information, when it suits them.

RENT ARREARS- Second chance for in rent arrears terminations
The Residential Tenancies Act 2010, which came into force last year, has changed the way that the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal deals with rent arrears termination applications.

BEDBUGS- dirty rotten scoundrels make a comeback
Bedbugs were a problem all around the world until the middle of last century. According to the Department of Medical Entomology at Westmead Hospital, they have been making a big comeback in recent years, due to increasing international travel.

SALE OF PROPERTY- Photos and tenants’ goods
A landlord is able to show a property for sale at times that are agreed with the tenant or determined by the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. Landlords and agents are entitled to take photos of the premises as part of a sales campaign. But most tenant advocates agree that landlords or agents are not entitled to interfere with a tenant’s possessions, to take photos or publish pictures of the tenants possessions without the tenant’s agreement.

Go to ARCHIVE of previous articles
 Articles from previous issues of the boot factor are in PDF format and organised in alphabetical order. The articles are grouped together into broad subject areas.

Other EATS Publications

Cover Eastern Area Tenants Service Inc 2015-2016 Annual Report: The EATS annual report contains information about the Eastern Suburbs Tenants Service, and some valuable insights into the issues facing tenants in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs.
Pocket guide The Pocket Guide to Tenants Rights– Eastern Area Tenants Service: This handy little publication (it really is pocket-sized in its physical form) contains concise and easy to follow information about the major issues that confront tenants. It is arranged in broad subject areas but also includes a handy alphabetical index.