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New Fact Sheet For Boarding House Residents – Tenants NSW

Tenants NSW has created a factsheet explaining the rights of residents of registrable boarding houses under the Boarding Houses Act 2012.

The Act applies to certain types of boarding premises. The premises may be a house or flat, or a complex of premises. If the premises is covered by the Act, the premises are known as a ‘registrable boarding house’.

The Act applies to boarding houses whether or not they are registered, what matters is whether they should be registered. There are two types of registrable boarding house: ‘general boarding houses’, and ‘assisted boarding houses’.

The Act provides for occupancy agreements between boarding house proprietors and residents, and gives the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal power to deal with some disputes.

The Act also requires registrable boarding houses to be inspected by the local council. Assisted boarding houses are subject to further regulation by NSW Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Click here to read the fact sheet.

Study Report: The role of assertive outreach in addressing homelessness

Summary
This project explored the assertive outreach approach to addressing homelessness. Drawing on experience of policy-makers, service providers and service users in three Australian cities, it suggests that the approach has already yielded promising results in addressing primary homelessness. The study documents factors for success and some underlying principles for policy-makers and practitioners.
Description
The study outlines seven principles that should underpin assertive outreach policies and practices in Australia into the future. Of key importance for housing policy-makers is that for assertive outreach to work there must be clear pathways for timely access to appropriate, stable and affordable housing for service users, and decisions about the most appropriate housing options exiting rough sleeping should be informed by research evidence.
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World First Study Into Homelessness Released

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brenden O’Connor today welcomed the initial findings of what is thought to be a world first study tracking th lives of more than 1,600 homeless or vulnerable Australians for almost two years.

Study Shows Costs of Homelessness: up to $5.5m per person

The Australian reported on a study conducted by the University of NSW.
To go to the article, click here.