New DVD to help non-English speaking tenants
Understanding a legally binding property contract can be confusing for anyone, but for those who don't speak English as their first language, the task can be particularly arduous.
With this in mind, those looking to rent a property in NSW will now be able to fully understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant in 17 languages.
NSW Fair Trading has released a new DVD - entitled Renting a home: A tenant's guide to rights and responsibilities - which is aimed at non-English speaking tenants.
"People from diverse backgrounds often suffer because of a lack of understanding of their tenancy rights due to language barriers and, in some cases, isolation from the mainstream community," Fair Trading commissioner Rod Stowe explained.
Available in languages including Arabic, Burmese, Indonesian, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin and Nepalese, as well as English - the DVD contains informative and accessible short videos that cover several areas of importance.
Mr Stowe said the videos will help people to understand basic requirements such as signing a lease and how to end a tenancy, as well as the rights and responsibilities of tenants.
The DVD is available through YouTube and the NSW Fair Trading website.