Last week, our tenancy advocate Sousan Ghecham discussed the need for greater security and protection for tenants.

Sydney has been named as the second most expensive city in the world when it comes to housing affordability. More and more Australians find that they are renting for much longer periods instead of buying their own homes. A recent survey of 1000 tenants found that over half reported feeling powerless when it comes to asserting their rights as tenants even when it comes to basic repairs for fear of being evicted.

As renting is becoming a more permanent housing solution for many Australians, the Residential Tenancies Act needs to be reformed to even the playing field between tenant and landlord

Marrickville Legal Centre provides free advice to tenants living in the Inner West on their rights and responsibilities, for more information you can call 02 9559 2899 or visit www.tenants.org.au.

We also provide free advice through the North Sydney Area Tenancy Service which can be contacted on 02 8198 8650.