Making things better for tenants

Many tenants, because of their own or others' tenancy experiences, may feel that tenancy law is unfair, inadequate or outdated.

There are many in the community who are interested in improving laws like the Residential Tenancies Act. If you feel strongly about the issue, you may want to contact some of them and let them know your views on the subject. EATS would also appreciate your feedback, through our comments bar.

The Tenants' Union of NSW ( is involved in law reform. A good starting point is to read the material on the Tenants NSW website.

You may want to contact your local members of parliament or local government councillors. Contact details for NSW and Federal members of Parliament, and local Councils are included on the links page on this site.

Organisations like Shelter, the Tenants' Union of NSW, Australians for Affordable Housing can give you information about issues related to tenancy law. The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute provides more detailed information. Many of these organisations organise seminars and discussions about housing and law reform. In many cases, members of the public are welcome to become involved.

It is important to remember that the current state of the law did not happen by itself. People and organisations have organised and taken action to change what they see as unfair or inadequate laws.