New laws to boot of­fend­ers from public hous­ing en­ter par­lia­ment

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - - Alicia Wood

TOUGH laws to evict crim­i­nals from NSW public hous­ing have been in­tro­duced to par­lia­ment.

Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Brad Hazzard in­tro­duced the leg­is­la­tion to the lower house on Tues­day, which al­low the im­me­di­ate evic­tion of rapists, pae­dophiles, vi­o­lent thugs, and any­one con­victed of com­mit­ting a se­ri­ous of­fence on public hous­ing prop­erty.

Anti-so­cial be­hav­iour by those liv­ing in tax­payer-sub­sidised hous­ing will also be in the fir­ing line, with the laws al­low­ing evic­tion for peo­ple who get three warn­ings for bad be­hav­iour in a 12-month pe­riod.

As part of the re­forms, any public hous­ing ten­ancy of two years or more will now be sub­ject to a 12-month pro- ba­tion­ary lease, neigh­bours will be able to give con­fi­den­tial state­ments about crim­i­nal and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and ten­ants who claim fake rental sub­si­dies will be evicted if they do not pay the money back.

Un­der the leg­is­la­tion to go into par­lia­ment, the NSW Civil and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (NCAT) will have a max­i­mum of 28 days to ter­mi­nate a ten­ancy where a per­son has com­mit­ted se­ri­ous illegal be­hav­iour in a public hous­ing prop­erty.

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