Topics:  bruce young, department of housing, keppel

Tenants warned to care for houses or face eviction

Member for Keppel Bruce Young said houses like this one in The Caves are costing the government a significant amount of money to repair.
Member for Keppel Bruce Young said houses like this one in The Caves are costing the government a significant amount of money to repair. Erin Dixon

MEMBER for Keppel Bruce Young yesterday warned people living in departmental housing to respect their homes as the government cracks down on bad tenants.

"Social housing is a privilege that needs to come with certain responsibilities - and unlawful damage is unacceptable," he said.

"The 'three strikes and you're out' policy which will be in place as of 1 July will help prevent this from happening."

Mr Young said departmental housing tenants who let their homes go into disrepair were a significant cost to the government and taxpayer.

Mr Young said he knew of a house in Kawana which last October had to be repaired at a cost of $16,480due to unfair wear and tear. Another in Norman Gardens suffered $12,110 damage.

"As we know, the state is in dire debt and cannot afford to keep footing the bill of these unruly tenants," he said.

"This is a timely reminder for people occupying departmental housing to look after their properties as if was their own and be mindful that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated."

Mr Young said he felt compelled to draw attention to the issue after coming across a house in The Caves area that he described as being "trashed".

After doing some quick research on the property, Mr Young found out it belonged to the Department of Housing.


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