Renting matters podcast

Renting Matters is a series of podcasts produced by the Tenants’ Union of NSW and Legal Aid NSW.

It features tenants and workers from across the Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service Network, the Tenants' Union and the community sector. In a relaxed, conversational style, guests share anecdotes, information and tips designed for busy people.

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Here are the episodes so far:

Episode 6 – Full house Aerial view of houses in a suburb
In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch speaks to guests about living in share houses or boarding houses, the laws that apply and where to get help if you have a problem. Bridget speaks to Amanda, Solicitor in Redfern Legal Centre’s Tenancy and Housing Service. Bridget also speaks to Beverly, Chair of the Older Women’s Network, about whether these living arrangements work for older women.

Extra episode – Residential Land Lease Communities following a disaster
This extra episode gives information to land lease community residents. Residential land lease communities were hit hard by the recent floods, as many are built on low-lying, flood-prone land. Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch speaks to Paul Smyth, Tenants’ Union land lease communities solicitor.

Extra episode – Tenants' rights and obligations after a disaster
This is an extra episode in the series to give advice and information to tenants who have experienced a disaster. In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch at Legal Aid NSW, who also lives in Lismore NSW, speaks to Brendan Ross, Coordinator of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice & Advocacy Service and to Grant Arbuthnot, Principal Solicitor of the Tenants’ Union of NSW.

Mini episode – Don't make me leave
In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch at Legal Aid NSW speaks to Eloise, Advocacy Officer at the Tenants’ Union about what tenants can do if their lease is about to end and they want to stay in their tenancy.  

Episode 5 – When you own the house but not the land
In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch at Legal Aid NSW speaks to guests about life in a Residential Land Lease Community in NSW.  Bridget speaks to Paul, Land Lease Communities Solicitor and Julie, Land Lease Communities Officer at the Tenants’ Union about the laws governing these communities and the work they do helping residents across NSW. Bridget also speaks to Kim, a long term resident in a Land Lease Community, about her life and experiences there. 

Episode 4 – Hit the road Jack
This episode is all about landlords ending tenancies. We hear from Amanda Brooker and Alison Mackey (Solicitors working in the Housing and Tenancy service at Redfern Legal Centre) and Justin Abi-Daher (Assistant Principal Solicitor at Marrickville Legal Centre) about the issues tenants experience when a landlord ends their tenancy. Justin, Alison and Amanda explain when a tenant must leave after they receive a notice of termination.

Episode 3 – Get me outta here
In this episode, Bridget speaks to guests about the different circumstances in which tenants leave a tenancy. Bridget speaks to Amanda, a Tenants’ Advocate with the Northern Rivers Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service (NORTAAS) about these situations, including leaving because of domestic violence. We also hear from Jemima, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator with the Tenants' Union who talks about getting your bond back. 

Episode 2 – Cracks emerge
In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch of Legal Aid NSW explores problems that arise during a tenancy, including issues about privacy; access to the property by the landlord or agent; repairs; security and utilities. We speak to Olivia, a Tenants’ Advocate with the Tenants' Union, about the sorts of issues people call the Tenants' Union and other tenancy services about once they are in a tenancy. We also speak to Merrilyn, who volunteers on the Tenants' Union advice line and who also works supporting clients with disabilities, including supporting them to maintain their tenancies when problems arise. 

Episode 1 – Getting a Foot in the Door
In the first episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch of Legal Aid NSW explores applying for a new tenancy in NSW. Bridget speaks to Grant Arbuthnot, Principal Solicitor of the Tenants’ Union, about things to look out for when you are starting a tenancy. We also speak to Amity, a tenant in Sydney who has been renting for many years and has some great tips about looking for a new place to rent.