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Inquiry into homelessness for older Australians faces confronting submissions

By AMBER GRIFFIN A rising rate of senior Australians experiencing homelessness has triggered a parliamentary inquiry into a housing crisis in NSW for those over 55. With the inquiry going ahead this week, a committee has heard a multitude of stories from older Australian's who have faced insecure housing. The Tenant's Union of NSW (TUNSW) […]

Inner West rents rise as prices across Sydney record steep increase

By PATRICK MCKENZIE House rents across Sydney increased by over $20 in the final quarter of 2021, according to a new report confirming the steepest annual increase since 2009. Data from Domain's December 2021 rental report has revealed that house rents in Sydney jumped a record 9.1 per cent last year, hitting a record high […]

Selfless revamp, or threat to the neighbourhood? Elizabeth Bay locals divided over boarding house

By SHARLOTTE THOU John Pooley and Prudence Harper's proposed boarding house in Elizabeth Bay's Billyard Avenue has been met with resistance from neighbours, who are concerned that their harbour views may become obstructed by the new development. Planned renovations to their harbourside property include a six-storey extension to the rear of the property, which could […]

Has COVID induced property vacancies swung the balances of power in the inner-city property market?

By DANIEL LO SURDO Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the inner-city property market could generally be understood in three words: fierce, competitive, and lucrative.  The property development boom that has defined much of 21st century inner-city Sydney residential patterns resulted in a seemingly never-failing product for landlords seeking - and enjoying - an immediate return […]

Coalition leaves tenants swinging

By WENDY BACON On March 30 the NSW Parliament passed an emergency law granting the NSW government the power to place a moratorium on evictions. But before it can come into an effect, the government needs to introduce new regulations under existing laws. So far, the Gladys Berejiklian government has failed to take action. The […]

International student troubles

BY ALANA LEVINE For many of Sydney’s international students, finding a place to live is treacherous. They navigate the housing process with no local support network, no rental history, and little knowledge of local tenancy laws. Sydney’s biggest universities — The University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney — can only accommodate a small […]