Dear members, welcome to The Voice, our very first edition of our bi-monthly E-news which replaces the POA NSW quarterly journal. Digital delivery of news, information, promotions and events will allow POA NSW to administer its communication channels more widely, publish more views and more in-depth articles of interest with links to further information, becomes more easily accessible via your members login for historical search of articles and is more cost effective than print which has been one of the largest costs to POA NSW over the years. As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can improve on the first edition.
Thank you for all who attended our 2016 Christmas function at the The Hughenden Hotel Woollahra which has been a place of many functions, dinners, events and members networking nights. Sadly the hotel has been sold and now belongs to new owners. After 20 years at the helm of management & the last few years being spent transforming this wonderful boutique hotel by our very own committee members James Ruben & Susanne Gervay the hotel will cease to be the meeting place for POA NSW. I thank Susanne, James and their staff for their patronage over the years.
Our new meetings and function venue will be The Balmain Bowling Club, Australia’s second oldest bowling club. The Inner West & West of Sydney is undergoing dramatic change affecting property owners. Major infrastructure projects like the Westconnex, Parramatta Road redevelopment, expansion of Sydney Olympic Park & Rhodes residential living is just some of the gentrification going on. POA NSW needs to position itself to be the voice of reason for all property owners.
Our AGM has been scheduled for Wednesday 7th June 2017 and will be held at the new venue which is accessible by car, bus and ferry service via Balmain East Wharf. The AGM notice will be downloadable from our AGM event page.
As we already know we have a new leader in NSW. Gladys Berejiklian came out very quickly announcing that housing & housing affordability is now the number one priority for NSW and with that came a quick reshuffle of her cabinet ministers. Sadly we have lost yet another Fair Trading Minister,Victor Dominello promoted to finance replaced by Matt Kean, member for Hornsby and Mike Baird’s former secretary to the treasurer.
This year there is a lot going on in the property space. First and foremost pressing matter is that 2017 has been dubbed by the media as the year of the tenant! Why? Well the Residential Tenancy Act 2010 is under a compulsory 5 year review process and tenants unions are pushing some agenda’s that landlords are not gong to be very happy with. A recent national tenants survey by Choice Magazine of some 1000 tenants grabbed the media’s attention. It was simply a landlord bash with no factual evidence of anything.
POA NSW responded by a media release that was picked up.
We have called for an urgent meeting with the new minister raising our concerns inside the tenancy review papers. Removal of no grounds notices, AVO terminations, unfair pet clauses and break lease regimes are just some of the hot items of contention. The meeting was held in late March and we are expecting the first draft bill to be released after Easter for the first round of comment and feedback by stakeholders.We will keep you posted. So you are on notice the Boarding House Act 2012 will also be placed under review either later this year or early to mid 2018 where we will have the right to comment about its practicality in the marketplace and if it is working for our boarding house operators in meeting their needs.
South of the border the same challenges appear with Victorian landlords under pressure from reform.
Secondly, last year it was leaked by the media that the former premier of NSW Mike Baird was planning a sell off of your land titles. Sneaky negotiations have been going on with several private consortiums to privatise The Land and Property Information Office(LPI) without consulting key stakeholders in NSW. Why sell something that is working, is one of the best systems in the world and is profitable. Supposedly to pay for upgrades to football stadiums! POA NSW will oppose the sell off and is in discussions with the opposition minister to prevent this from happening to property owners in NSW of which is not in their best interests.
We will keep you posted on our progress with tenancy laws. In the meantime enjoy reading all the articles in The Voice.