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ALS now managing body for tenancy advice services in Sydney and Dubbo

03 Feb 2017


ALS is the managing body for the ‘Western Aboriginal Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service’ in Dubbo and the ‘Greater Sydney Aboriginal Tenancy Service’ in Redfern to provide advice and advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander renters.

NSW Fair Trading awarded ALS management of the two operations from January 2017.

Both Tenancy Services are free and focused on assisting Aboriginal renters in private rentals and social housing. Whether it’s an issue with a landlord or a social housing provider, the Tenancy Service has advocates who can speak up and negotiate outcomes on behalf of tenants. They provide information on tenant’s rights and responsibilities, repairs and maintenance, rent arrears, and subsidies available, and can assist if a tenant needs to go to a tribunal. The Tenancy Services also do referrals, financial counselling and appeals, and liaise and provide input into social housing policies.

The Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (WATAAS) is for Aboriginal renters in western NSW, from Dubbo through to Broken Hill. Phone 1800 810 233 or drop in to visit at 201 Brisbane Street, Dubbo.

The Greater Sydney Aboriginal Tenants Service (GSATS) in Redfern is for Aboriginal renters in greater Sydney. Phone 02 9698 0873 or drop in for a visit at Shop 8, 21 Regent Street, Redfern 2016.

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