|Issue No 47||24 March 2000|
We Can't Share the Spirit If We Canít Afford the Rent
Tenancy advocates Rentwatchers are set to release new information and a series of case studies that demonstrate once again the adverse social impact of the 2000 Olympics.
The kit will be launched at a public forum and advice session on Wednesday 29th March by actor Michael Caton
The Rentwatchers kit has collected a range of representative case studies and statistics from a number of Sydney's tenancy advice services and the NSW Tenants Union. The kit also examines the housing market in Sydney and identifies strategies that Rentwatchers believes will alleviate the current squeeze.
Spokesperson for Rentwatchers, Ms Michelle Burrell, commented: "The Rentwatchers kit presents a disturbing picture: rent levels in the Olympic corridor are skyrocketing and evictions in houses, flats and boarding houses are proceeding with unprecedented frequency."
The forum will also provide an opportunity for tenants to obtain advice and referrals from tenancy experts. Ms Burrell commented: "Tenancy services are aware that an increasing number of Sydney's residents are seeking assistance and advice. Rentwatchers' aim is to prepare residents for scenarios when the landlord goes for gold."
Rentwatchers has invited Gary Moore, Director of NCOSS, to speak on the broader social impacts of the Olympics. State politicians, local councillors and international media representatives have also been invited and are expected to attend.
The forum commences at 730pm on Wednesday 29th March at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. Speakers include Gary Moore (NCOSS), Michelle Burrell (Rentwatchers) and Nick Warren (Tenants Union), plus tenants from the local area.
For further information contact or comment: Dave Trudinger - 02.96987277 or Michelle Burrell - 02.93986366
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