Tenants' rights manual: a practical guide to renting in NSW, 4th edition
The Tenants’ Rights Manual is produced by the Tenants’ Union of NSW especially for tenants and people who work with tenants – tenants’ advocates, community legal centre workers, and other community workers – on issues to do with renting.
Throughout, this manual refers to ‘you’, meaning you as a tenant. We hope you find it useful. We understand that the Tenants’ Rights Manual will be read by other persons – including landlords and real estate agents. We hope these persons find it useful too – not least for gaining a tenant’s perspective on renting.
Copies of this book are also available in the Tool Kit at your local public library.
Legislation titles and abbreviations - about the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 - about renting - about the Tenants' Union of NSW
Finding a place to rent - applying for a tenancy - the tenancy agreement - the condition report - the bond - other fees and charges - keys - utilities and water - telephone connection - financial help
Access and privacy - breach of agreement - health and safety - rent - repairs and maintenance - other issues
Termination notices by tenants - termination by the landlord - NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal - evictions - mortgagee terminations - getting your bond back - goods left behind - residential tenancy databases
About the Tribunal - applying to the Tribunal - preparing for the Tribunal - at a Tribunal hearing - the Tribunal's decision - rehearings and appeals - enforcing Tribunal decisions
Policies, decision-making and administrative law - public housing (Housing NSW) - community housing - Aboriginal housing - co-operative housing - reviews, appeals and the Housing Appeals Committee
Who's who in share housing - co-tenant - head-tenant - sub-tenant - lodger - expenses - bond - renat - rent increases - utilities - sublet - transfer - termination - avoiding and dealing with conflict
What is a registrable boarding house - registration, inspections and standards - boarding house residents - occupancy agreements - occupancy principles - disputes - ending an occupancy agreement - assisted boarding houses
What is a boarder and lodger - lodging agreements at common law - consumer legislation - other forms of regulation - law reform
Types of tenants - residential park - protected - strata scheme - retirement village - crisis and refuge accommodation - students - tenants of government agencies - commercial - holiday houses - rent land only - life tenants - squatters
Tenants' Rights Manual by Chris Martin in association with the Tenants' Union of NSW. Published by Federation Press 2012. © Tenants' Union of NSW. Material contained herein may be copied for the non-commercial purpose of study or research subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1969 (Cth).
The information in this resource is intended as a guide to the law and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice; and applies to people who live in, or are affected by, the law as it applies in New South Wales, Australia.