Crackdown on behaviour in public housing
NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton today announced a re-elected Baird Government will crack down on anti-social and illegal behaviour in public housing communities.
Under the NSW Liberals & Nationals proposal, tenants who commit serious crimes in public housing would be evicted with a no tolerance policy to be adopted.
"We want to ensure social housing is safe for tenants and neighbours and anti-social and illegal behaviour is stamped out of these communities," Mr Grant said.
"Illegal and anti-social behaviour hurts good tenants and diverts much needed resources from important investments in the social housing system, especially in regional NSW.
"Those who live in public housing need to understand it is a privilege not a right and we have no tolerance for people who break the rules or put other people's lives in danger.
"People living in social housing who do the right thing should not have to put up with those who don't and under this policy, they won't have to.
A re-elected Liberals & Nationals Government will:
- Introduce a One Strike policy for those who seriously breach their tenancy agreement, so that the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal must terminate a tenancy where it is proven that the individual has committed certain serious criminal offences - including serious drug crimes;
- Implement a Three Strikes policy so that Family and Community Services officials can issue a Notice of Termination if a tenant has received three Breach of Tenancy Agreement notices in a 12 month period;
- Introduce 12 month probationary leases for public housing tenancies of longer than two years;
- Introduce confidential Neighbour Impact Statements so the Tribunal has to take account of the impact of bad behaviour on neighbours and neighbours are protected from recriminations; and
- Change the law to ensure that tenants that do not pay rent can be evicted.
Minister Upton said the Government will also deliver a $20 million Social Housing Community Improvement Fund to improve the liveability and amenity of social housing communities.
"The fund will enable local community groups, local councils, private sector organisations or a combination of these to deliver projects that communities want and need," Ms Upton said.
"Grants of up to $50,000 per project will be available for projects that improve community infrastructure, enhance open spaces, improve safety, increase accessibility for older people or people with disability or facilitate integration between social housing and the broader community.
"With almost 60,000 people on the waiting list, we are ensuring those who do the right thing are put first."