Tenants who damage public housing and those convicted of rental fraud will face new sanctions and eviction under a Bill passed today by the NSW Liberal National Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the Bill, which amends the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and Housing Act 2001, would lead to a fairer, safer and more financially sustainable social housing system.
Mr MacDonald led for the Government in the Legislative Council on the Bill yesterday afternoon, on behalf of Minister Goward.
The Bill also gives the Government the power to make tenants who have caused significant damage to their public housing property pay a rental bond. This will not apply to tenants who do the right thing.
“This Bill means that those doing the wrong thing in public housing are held to account,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Tenants that wreck their properties, or receive a benefit that they do not deserve are disadvantaging those genuinely in need.”
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward welcome the passage of the legislation.
“It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix up a house after it has been damaged by a tenant and those responsible will now be held to account”, Ms Goward said.
“This Bill will ensure that the Government can take appropriate action against the small minority of tenants who do not value their property.”
Tenancy bonds form part of the NSW Government’s commitment to combat bad behaviour in public housing, which includes recent changes to strengthen its Antisocial Behaviour Policy by directing those who do the wrong thing to support services.