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Tenants’ calls for safe public housing fall on deaf ears

June 28th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Social housing, Tenancy

By Gemma McKinnon, UNSW. I have worked and researched in housing law for one-third of my life. When news of the Grenfell Tower fire broke, our network of tenant advocates and housing researchers was heartbroken and angry, but not necessarily surprised. People who know public housing in New South Wales (including the residents themselves) know […]

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Compact for Renewal Project: what tenants want from social housing renewal

June 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Social housing, Tenancy, urban renewal

By Bernie Coates, Visiting Fellow, City Futures Research Centre. Prior to retiring in 2015, Bernie was Director of Community Renewal in the Renewal Division of the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (formerly Department of Housing), and has worked in social and community housing for 40 years. In early 2016, Shelter NSW, the Tenant’s Union of […]

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The insecurity of private renters – how do they manage it?

May 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Guest appearance, Law, Sydney, Tenancy, Wellbeing

Alan Morris, University of Technology Sydney; Hal Pawson, UNSW, and Kath Hulse, Swinburne University of Technology. This article was originally published on The Conversation.  A growing proportion of Australian households depend on the private rental sector for accommodation. This growth has occurred despite substantial insecurity of tenure under the law, unlike other countries with high private […]

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Can Institutional Funding be Channelled into Rental Housing?

May 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Tenancy

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. Channelling institutional finance into affordable rental housing has long been a ‘holy grail’ urban policy aspiration. Recent developments suggest that this may be edging towards reality.   Scott Morrison last month re-stated the long-professed ‘holy grail’ ambition to engage institutional […]

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What explains the rise of long-term private renting in Australia?

April 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Tenancy

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. The ongoing expansion of Australia’s private rental market is well-known. Even at the time of the 2011 census, more than one in four properties was a home rented from a private landlord either directly or through an agent. But for increasing numbers of people this is a long-term […]

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Who’ll get hit by ‘one strike’ and ‘three strikes’ in public housing?

March 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Law, Social housing, Tenancy

There’s ‘evidence-based policy’, and there’s ‘sports-metaphor-based policy’. New South Wales is the latest Australian jurisdiction to adopt ‘three strikes’ and ‘one strike’ policies for evicting social housing tenants on grounds of criminal offending and anti-social behaviour. The New South Wales approach is, however, different: whereas in other States ‘strikes’ policies apply to social housing landlords and […]

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Rental insecurity: why fixed long-term leases aren’t the answer

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Law, Tenancy

By Chris Martin, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. The insecurity of rental housing and unsatisfactory condition of many properties are receiving much-deserved media attention following the release of a national survey of tenants. However, the stock response to the insecurity this revealed – longer fixed-term agreements – is not the answer. The solution to the […]

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NSW tenancy law review misses on security for tenants

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Government, Law, Tenancy

Last week the NSW State Government tabled in Parliament the report of its five-year review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010. Its strongest point is a series of recommendations relating to domestic violence, including for provisions for victims to immediately terminate a tenancy because of domestic violence, and avoid being held liable for property damage […]

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Tenancy law reform for ‘secure occupancy’

February 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Government, Law, Tenancy

New South Wales tenancy laws are under review, and City Futures has made a submission drawing on our research into how well Australia and other countries provide for ‘secure occupancy’ in rental housing. The research, conducted in collaboration with Swinburne University for AHURI, sought to capture the extent to which households in rental housing can […]

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