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Tenants' rights manual: a practical guide to renting in NSW

Tenants' rights manual: a practical guide to renting in NSW

Tenants’ rights manual: a practical guide to renting in NSW.  4th ed Cover

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.



Chapter six

Social housing

Policies, decision-making and administrative law - public housing (NSW FACS Housing) - community housing - Aboriginal housing - co-operative housing - reviews, appeals and the Housing Appeals Committee. 

Chapter seven

Share housing

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.

Chapter eight

Boarding houses

What is a registrable boarding house - registration, inspections and standards - boarding house residents - occupancy agreements - occupancy principles - disputes - ending an occupancy - assisted boarding houses. 

Chapter nine

Marginal rental

Chapter ten

Other types of tenants


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 online version of the Tenants’ Rights Manual was updated in August 2016. Changes include the introduction of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), which replaced the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT), and changes to the law dealing with public housing, boarding houses, and residential parks.

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.