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Home free: when 'adverse possession' can mean good news for squatters

Home free: when 'adverse possession' can mean good news for squatters | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
A Sydney man has used the old common law right of ‘adverse possession’ to take over an empty terrace house. In 12 years it could be his
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The five Sydney suburbs where minimum wage workers can afford to rent

The five Sydney suburbs where minimum wage workers can afford to rent | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
None of the five Sydney suburbs where a full-time worker on the minimum wage can afford to rent a one-bedroom is within 40 kilometres of the city centre.
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Housing affordability (a contemporary issue in Shelter) is very topical at present in Australia - especially with Sydney in a "housing bubble".

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Housing Affordability Must be a National Focus | Pro Bono Australia

Housing Affordability Must be a National Focus | Pro Bono Australia | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
The release of Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot shows just how dire the situation is for many Australians simply trying to keep a roof over their heads, writes Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Senator Jan Lucas.
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It’s lights out time for Sydney’s slum lords: State government plans to cut off their power to run them out of business

It’s lights out time for Sydney’s slum lords: State government plans to cut off their power to run them out of business | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
SLUM lords packing illegal and dangerous boarding houses are facing enforced blackouts with the state government threatening to cut off their electricity to shut them down.
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The BROWN COUCH: NCAT begins - new fees, new time limits

The BROWN COUCH: NCAT begins - new fees, new time limits | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
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The new 'super tribunal' NCAT commenced operation in NSW in January 2014, replacing the CTTT and over 20 other tribunals. Some great points in this article about how NCAT is different to the CTTT  - some good and some not so good changes!

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Prioritising homelessness - Eureka Street

Prioritising homelessness - Eureka Street | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
In the 2006 Census, the number of homeless exceeded 100,000 for the first time. Kevin Rudd described this as a national disgrace and promised to cut the number in half by 2020.

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Relevant to the contemporary issue of homelessness in the Shelter topic.

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Australia's hidden homelessness presents a growing problem

Australia's hidden homelessness presents a growing problem | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
People sleeping rough on the street are a small proportion of Australia's homeless, so what is the story behind Australia's growing 'hidden homelessness'?
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Useful information (and statistics) about the scale of the homelessness epidemic in NSW. 

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Boarding Houses legislation commenced! | HSC Legal Studies ...

Boarding Houses legislation commenced! | HSC Legal Studies ... | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
For more information about boarding houses and other issues related to housing and shelter, see our Research Guide HSC Legal Studies: Shelter. Use the tab 'contemporary issues' to find more information about boarding ...

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Entries by category: Shelter | HSC Legal Studies: News Watch

Entries by category: Shelter | HSC Legal Studies: News Watch | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
This blog will help you find information about recent changes to the law, recent cases, new legislation as well as identify new publications that you will find useful
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Creature comforts

Creature comforts | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
An impending change to strata bylaws means your apartment building could soon become a lot more pet-friendly.

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gina lockton's curator insight, July 14, 2013 5:34 AM

An interesting article for SHELTER on apartments and 'by-laws'

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Arrest threat as tenant flees noise

Arrest threat as tenant flees noise | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
Legal options could lead to police action to silence rowdy neighbour.

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gina lockton's curator insight, July 15, 2013 12:37 AM

Shelter - worth a read

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Guides to homelessness

NICK Cater is right about one thing: the Homelessness Bill won't fix the problem ("Vanity bill keeps homeless out in the cold", 25/6). But it's a vital part of a wider sweep of initiatives.

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The BROWN COUCH: Choose your poison...

The BROWN COUCH: Choose your poison... | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
Like the iconic piece of share-house furniture after which it is named, the Brown Couch is a place where tenants can catch up on the latest news, be cheaply entertained, and commune with their fellow tenants.

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This is the NSW Tenants Union's response to the 'bedroom tax' the NSW Government announced yesterday for under-occupied public housing properties.

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Real estate agents risk losing commissions in under-quoting crackdown

Real estate agents risk losing commissions in under-quoting crackdown | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
Real estate agents will be forced to nominate a property's estimated sale price before auction and adhere to that figure in advertising or risk losing ...
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Example of impeding reform to Property Stock and Station Agents Act 2002 (NSW).

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Public housing is 'crap', says former premier Nick Greiner

Public housing is 'crap', says former premier Nick Greiner | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
Public housing stock in NSW is "crap", new stock is non-existent and "something bloody well ought to be done", former Premier Nick Greiner told a ministerial forum on Monday.
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Relates to contemporary issue of social housing.

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Elderly to be forced out of Millers Point as cheap rent deal comes to an end

Elderly to be forced out of Millers Point as cheap rent deal comes to an end | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
Non-profit community groups are being forced to pay hundreds of dollars a week in rent, throwing their viability into doubt, as the NSW government abandons "peppercorn rent" agreements that have been in place for decades.
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This article is relevant to the issue of residential areas of Sydney and accesss to housing, appropriate to the case study of Sydney as a large city in the developed world.

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NCAT: a new tribunal structure for NSW commences in 2014 | HSC Legal Studies: News Watch

NCAT: a new tribunal structure for NSW commences in 2014 | HSC Legal Studies: News Watch | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
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Strata laws a good deal for dogs, but bad news for smokers

Strata laws a good deal for dogs, but bad news for smokers | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
RANGERS will get powers to target cars parked on private property, repeat balcony smokers face $1100 fines and pets will be allowed in apartments under a sweeping overhaul of NSW strata laws to be announced today.
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This article relates to strata title and the theme and challenge - role of law reform.

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Grandmothers on the streets of Sydney - the hard truth of homelessness

Grandmothers on the streets of Sydney - the hard truth of homelessness | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
LIKE many grandmothers, she wakes with the sun at 5am.

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Bold approach to homelessness will take 70 most vulnerable off streets

Bold approach to homelessness will take 70 most vulnerable off streets | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
SEVENTY people who call the streets and underpasses of inner Sydney home will be put into permanent housing under a new scheme, as figures show a jump in the number of homeless.

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Useful information for the contemporary issue of homelessness in the Shelter topic.

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Rites of passage in your joint home of contention

Rites of passage in your joint home of contention | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
Disputes over money are one of the most common sources of conflict in share houses - but can they be prevented?

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New laws blow cobwebs off old-style flatting

New laws blow cobwebs off old-style flatting | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
New proposals could mean simple, low stakes Company Title disputes can be dealt with by a local court.
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Raises some good points about company title and strata title.

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One missed appointment with Centrelink was all it took to make AJ homeless | Public Interest Advocacy Centre

One missed appointment with Centrelink was all it took to make AJ homeless | Public Interest Advocacy Centre | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
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Strata tenants have rights too

Strata tenants have rights too | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I wrote about the options available to owners to take action when things go wrong in their strata scheme.

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gina lockton's curator insight, July 15, 2013 12:38 AM

Shelter: There are some great links in this article for more information on the legal and non-legal responses to issues in relation to Shelter

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CTTT No job too small, and justice is done

CTTT  No job too small, and justice is done | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Shelter | Scoop.it
What about a justice system with virtually no lawyers, instant allocation of time and place of hearing at the moment an online application is lodged, decisions and orders delivered on the day of the hearing and emailed or texted to your phone, a...

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This article raises some good points about the merits (i.e. effectiveness) of the CTTT and includes some useful statistics. Also relevant to Consumers!

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Louise Woods's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:21 AM

This article raises some good points about the merits (i.e. effectiveness) of the CTTT and includes some useful statistics. Also relevant to Shelter!