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.