MLC offers two tenancy services that provide free, confidential legal information, advice and advocacy to renters living in social and private residential housing.

Inner West Tenants’ Advice & Advocacy Service (IWTAAS) helps renters living within Inner West Sydney. Northern Sydney Area Tenants’ Service (NSATS) helps renters living from North Sydney to Ryde and Pittwater. Both services provide advice to renters on their rights and responsibilities. We do not give advice to landlords.

We can advise on

  • Getting repairs done
  • What you should do if you are given a notice of termination
  • Dealing with FACS Housing or Community Housing Providers
  • Priority Housing Appeals
  • Going to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal including appealing a decision of the Tribunal

Upcoming events

What do you do when, through no fault of your own, you are faced with rent you can’t afford to pay?

For many renters COVID-19 has been an overwhelming time filled with uncertainty. This reality has been amplified for people who experience financial hardship. With COVID-19 relief payments ending soon and the Moratorium on Evictions scheduled to end on 11 November 2021 in New South Wales, our tenancy team are logging on for a live webinar to discuss what this means for renters.

Hear from Marrickville Legal Centre Tenancy Lawyer Codie Croasdale who will discuss:

  • Tenancy obligations
  • Steps you can take right now
  • What options are available if you need to end your tenancy?
  • What if you live with a disability or mental health condition?
  • Considerations for people financial hardship or domestic & family violence
  • Rent start and bond loans

Community outreach

Newtown outreach service
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre’s ‘One Stop Shop’
1 Bedford St, Newtown
First Thursday of each month

Chatswood outreach service
Dougherty Community Centre
7 Victor Street, Chatswood

West Ryde outreach service
Link Housing West Ryde
Level 2/3-5 Anthony Rd, West Ryde

Marrickville Legal Centre is not currently attending outreach due to COVID-19. If you have an urgent matter please contact us on 9559 2899 or lodge an online enquiry.

Tenancy resources

For a diverse range of information on tenancy, including fact sheets and sample letters, visit

For important information on how COVID-19 affects renters, visit Tenants’ Union NSW webpage on Renting and COVID-19 Information


The Inner West Tenants’ Advice & Advocacy Service and Northern Sydney Area Tenants’ Service are funded by Fair Trading NSW.

Get advice

Advice is generally given over the phone through an advice call-back service. If you are a renter and live in Inner Western Sydney or Northern Sydney, submit an online enquiry or call us to arrange a call-back.