Long Term Affordable and Social Housing

 

 


IMPORTANT UPDATE

Unison is carefully monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Based on guidance from the Australian and State Governments and health authorities, we may make some changes to the way we work to protect you, our staff and the community.

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This resource page is designed for residents of our long-term housing programs (social and affordable housing). You will find here policies, brochures, forms and links to important websites. If you are seeking information that is currently not on the website or have any questions about these documents, please don't hesitate to contact your Place Manager.

What is a Place Manager?

At Unison, each tenancy is managed by dedicated Place Managers.

Your Place Manager is your contact person at Unison. Your Place Manager will help you if you have any questions about your tenancy or your property.

Place Managers are at the heart of the delivery of our housing services. They are the first point of call for our tenants and we encourage our tenants to get in touch with their Place Manager to discuss any idea, issue or question.

 

What does Unison do?

  • The first thing we do is help you set up your tenancy.
  • We then monitor your tenancy. This includes making sure you know your rights and resposibilities as a tenant, pay the correct rent every fornight.
  • We make sure that maintenance is undertaken to keep your property safe and in good condition. 
  • We carry regular routine inspections to ensure that the property is well maintained.

 

What do you, as a tenant, need to do?

  • Take care of your propertyby keeping it clean and tidy.
  • Tell us know about any maintenance issues that need fixing at your property.
  • Let us know know before you bring a pet home with you.
  • Pay your rent on time.

 


 

Be a good neighbour

Unison provides housing to many different people with different lifestyles. It is important to have a positive relationship with your neighbours.

You have the right to:

  • Feel safe in your home
  • Peaceful enjoyment of your home
  • Access information and services to help you live peacefully in your home

You also have a responsibility to:

  • Act respectfully
  • Make sure your visitors act respectfully
  • Make efforts to resolve issues with neighbours

 

What behaviour IS OK and NOT OK?

Just as you have a right to peaceful enjoyment, so do your neighbours. Behaviours that cause violence, harassment, fear, or distress are NOT ok. Other disruptions are unavoidable and a part of living near other people.

It is OK:

  • If there is noise from babies crying
  • If there is noise from children playing
  • To make normal noises at unusual times because of different work patterns
  • To make strong smells from cooking
  • To have different lifestyles to other residents

It is NOT OK:

  • To make loud noise from music or voices
  • To make loud noise from pets or vehicles
  • To use language that is abusive, intimidating or threatening
  • To be violent, threating or aggressive
  • To do anything illegal

 

If you have issues with your neighbours

Call the police

If you feel unsafe or believe there is illegal activity, call 000 or Crime Stoppers

 

Talk to your Neighbours

If you are having a problem with your neighbours, try talking to them about the problem first. They might not know they are upsetting you.

If you feel unsafe, stop the conversation and leave.

 

Speak with your Place Manager

If your problem continues, tell your Place Manager. Make sure to take notes about the time, the date, the location, what happened and who was involved.

 

What will Unison do?

When you contact us about an issue, we will:

  • Take notes about the information you provide
  • Tell you what the process will be and keep you updated
  • Ask for your consent to speak about the issue to other tenants

 

Depending on the circumstances, we may also:

  • Ask you to resolve the issue with your neighbour
  • Give you an Antisocial Behaviour Logbook
  • Organise mediation between you and the neighbour
  • Contact other people involved to find out more about the issue
  • Contact the police where there is illegal activity
  • Ask you and others to be witnesses at VCAT
  • Give all tenants the opportunity to change their behaviour
  • Organise a Residents Meeting to discuss the problem

 

 


Tenant Resources and Policies

Unison complies with all relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. The following section features resources and policies that apply to and impact our tenants. 

 

  • Information Policies: Unison complies with legislative requirements in the way that we collect, use, disclose, and provide access to personal information we hold about you. We treat your privacy and the security of your information seriously. Find out more about your privacy rights in our Information Privacy  brochure and Unison's Information Privacy Policy. Find out more about how Unison manages personal information in our Information Security Policy.

 

  • Unison's Staff Code of Conduct: Unison’s Staff Code of Conduct outlines the standards of behaviour expected of all Unison employees. It aims to establish a code of professional ethics in the workplace that are consistent with Unison’s purpose, values and objectives.

  


 

 More resources for tenants 

 

 


 

Unison Membership

Unison is a not-for-profit organisation. Our members are important stakeholders with particular rights. Members appoint Board directors and are able to vote at company general meetings. Membership is free. The Unison member factsheet provides more information.  

To apply for membership complete the Unison membership form. If you would like further information call in to your nearest Unison office or contact Nina McLean, EA to the CEO, on 03 9349 0257.