tenancy organisations (national)
Tenant Advice Service (WA)
This site for Western Australian tenants has a comprehensive and helpful online tenants' right manual, online publications, staff profiles and newsletter.
Tenants Union ACT
Includes rental advice, newsletters, information on projects and a tenant's checklist for renters in the ACT.
Tenants Union of New South Wales (NSW)
A new site for NSW tenants, with information on policy and reform, what's new, and a search facility that directs tenants to their nearest advice service.
Tenants Union of Queensland (QLD)
A site for Queensland tenants, featuring publications, links, service details, facts and figures.
Tenants Union of Tasmania (TAS)
The site for tenants in Tasmania, with fact sheets, newsletters and useful links.
tenancy organisations (international)
Arizona Tenants Advocates (Arizona, USA)
An activist website for Arizona tenants, with a tenant library, links and other resources, plus features including 'success stories' and 'rank your rental'.
International Union of Tenants (Sweden)
The Stockholm-based IUT originally began in Vienna in 1926. With 38 member organisation from 32 countries (including Australia), this organisation actively works with the UN and other agencies to promote the rights of tenants worldwide.
Tenant Net (New York, USA)
Great if you are planning an extended stay in the Big Apple.
Tenant Resource Directory (Washington, USA)
Ideal for anyone researching tenancy legislation in the USA.
Tenants Rights Action Coalition (British Columbia, Canada)
Based in Vancouver, this site has a Tenant Survival Guide and fact sheets in English, Spanish, Filipino, Punjabi
Toronto Tenants (Ontario, Canada)
Although this site's focus is on Canada's largest province, it has information on tenancy law across Canada.
community legal services
Australian Community Legal Centres - Websites
A quick-reference site with links to community legal centre websites Australia-wide.
This site has information on the services provided by Victoria’s Community Legal Centres (CLCs), as well as news,
an events calendar, forums, publications and links to CLC websites in Victoria.
Fitzroy Legal Service
One of Australia's first community legal services. The site has information on law reform and community education, legislation and case law, community reports and papers, and publications (including the invaluable Law Handbook).
Lawstuff - National Children's and Youth Law Centre
Great site, especially if you are thinking about moving out of home for the first time.
National Association of Community Legal Centres - Australia
This is the website of the national organisation that represents community legal centres in Australia.
Welfare Rights Unit
A community legal centre specialising in Social Security issues.
Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES)
AMES provides language, literacy and vocational education for people from non-English speaking backgrounds to enable them to enjoy and participate in Australian society. The Tenants Union works with AMES to provide tenancy information
to tenants from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Regularly updated site with information on social action and research, plus library and information services dealing with housing, unemployment and poverty.
Community Information Centres/Citizens Advice Bureaus
Address and contact details of Victorian Citizens Advice Bureaus and links to worldwide advice bureaus on the web.
Financial & Consumer Rights Council
FCRC is committed to ensuring consumers receive a fair go in the marketplace, especially those on low incomes.
A useful site if you fall behind in your rent.
Reach Out is an organisation assisting people dealing with mental illness.
Victoria Litter Action Alliance
Moving house? Not sure what to do with unwanted goods and rubbish? Visit the VLAA website for important advice.
The Victoria Law website provides access to plain language resources about the legal system and legal issues that affect Victorians. It includes a directory of legal sector agencies, as well as links to publications in English and other languages.
Consumer Affairs Victoria
The Consumer Affairs website provides information and publications for tenants and consumers. You can download forms relating to tenancy from this site.
Department of Justice
Information from the Department of Justice, which has responsibility for the administration of the law in Victoria including Courts and Tribunals.
Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria
A straightforward, helpful site which can be useful if you are having a co-tenancy dispute.
Office of Housing
The Office of Housing's site has information on client services (including the Bond Loan Scheme for private tenants), property management, information and research (including rental reports, publications and forms), events and media.
Victoria Legal Aid
The independent statutory authority responsible for managing and providing legal aid in Victoria. A visit to this site will give you information on Legal Aid services and access to their extensive range of publications.
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
VCAT hears disputes between tenants and landlords/agents in Victoria. Residential Tenancies information is found under Type of Dispute/Case to the left of screen.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
Information about your rights under the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 1995. This is a good starting point if you believe you have been discriminated against by a landlord or estate agent on the basis of your race, religion, sex, marital status, impairment, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or because you have children.
Department of Family and Community Services
This website provides information about community services and programs for families and individuals in Australia.
Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs
A site for newly arrived migrants to Australia with information on finding a place to live, legal rights and community resources and networks.
Foundation Law - The Law Foundation (NSW)
Information on legislation, judgements, court lists, discussion groups and more.
research & statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
The government agency responsible for collecting a large range of economic and population statistics.
Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute
A consortium of academic institutions and the leading organisation for housing research in Australia.
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
The institute that monitors and reports on health and welfare services in Australia, including the provision of housing assistance.
real estate industry
National Tenancy Database
This is the site for the largest tenant database in Australia.
Real Estate Education
Includes an extensive Renting Resources section with links to relevant services.
Real Estate Institute of Victoria
The professional body that represents real estate agents in Victoria. Some information about renting and properties for rent is accessible from their website.