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Putting Enmore’s last BNB to bed

By Lanie Tindale When guests venture through the gold gate and path leading to TARA Guest House, they are greeted at the front door by Oscar the border collie, who clambers at the window, eager for pats and cuddles from his new friend. Lately there haven’t been many visitors to Enmore’s last bed and breakfast. […]

Sydney Still Unaffordable For Most

Sydney house prices have dropped by 4.1 per cent, but that doesn’t mean that housing is affordable for those on the lowest incomes. The most expensive properties in Sydney, mostly concentrated in the inner city, have dropped in price significantly in the last year. However, affordable housing is still in short supply despite being in […]

Making Sydney more affordable

BY ISOBEL RUSHE The turn of a New Year hasn’t vanished Sydney’s housing affordability crisis, with housing costs at an all-time high. The City of Sydney’s Labor Councillor Linda Scott is committed to working towards a housing affordability scheme that benefits our city. Mrs Scott has long been an advocate for more affordable housing and […]

Council must protect affordable housing in the city: Scott

BY KENJI SATO The City of Sydney is not providing enough affordable housing to meet the ballooning cost of rent in Sydney, according to Labor Councillor Linda Scott. “We need to put concrete ideas on the table about how our council could ensure there’s housing diversity in the City of Sydney, and that we properly […]

New party to tackle housing crisis

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS AND CASSANDRA MORGAN A new political party is aiming for a senate seat in the next federal election after months of media discussion of housing affordability in Sydney. The Affordable Housing Party of Australia was conceived in 2013, but the party is  “stepping up their game”, with the pursuit of giving buyers a chance […]

City squad set to stamp out illegal housing

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   The City of Sydney last week announced a dedicated squad and investigation to crack down on illegal accommodation across the city. While this announcement answers calls for action, the future of current tenants has been thrown into uncertainty. The City investigation squad is targeting illegal accommodation providers, and has executed 20 search […]

Darling House impacted by new rent agreement

By Chris Sutton Darling House in Millers Point may close down following the NSW government’s decision to remove a long-standing rent agreement. This agreement, called peppercorn rent, is a nominal rental sum used to satisfy legal requirements. Darling House, an aged care home, has been paying $5 a week rent in a deal set more […]

Aboriginal tent embassy reclaiming the Block

An Aboriginal tent embassy was established at the Block in Redfern on National Sorry Day last week to protest the Aboriginal Housing Company’s (AHC) planned Pemulwuy project. The project, which had its development application recently approved, will provide for a commercial precinct, student accommodation and affordable housing for the Aboriginal community. While funding for the […]

Vacant city: artists called in to fill space

Sydney is sitting on over a million square metres of empty commercial space as it faces a development boom in the CBD, prompting a council push for businesses to hand over their vacant floorspace to artists. The City of Sydney’s 2012 Floorspace and Employment Survey covers all commercial floorspace in the local government area (LGA), […]

Inner west less affordable than ever

A national rental affordablity report has found that less than one per cent of properties are affordable for people living on minimum wage in inner west Sydney. In the Marrickville local government area, this decreased to zero per cent. Anglicare Australia conducted its annual Rental Affordability Snapshot last month, collecting data on rental properties from […]