Law reform for marginal renters

For a long time marginal renters and their advocates (and occasionally, the Tribunal) have called for basic legislated rights and remedies for renters who are not otherwise covered by residential tenancies legislation.

The Tenants’ Union believes all marginal renters should have occupancy agreements, subject to certain occupancy principles set out in legislation, with access to the Tribunal for dispute resolution. The new Boarding Houses Act 2012 does this for residents of registrable boarding houses; its provisions for occupancy agreements are flexible enough that the NSW State Government should legislate to extend them to all renters not otherwise covered by residential tenancies legislation.