New laws to boot offenders from public housing enter parliament
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.