State evicts 10 bad ten­ants each week

Pilbara News - - News - Kim MacDon­ald

Nearly 10 house­holds are kicked out of pub­lic hous­ing each week un­der the State Govern­ment’s three-strikes-you’re-out pol­icy.

The num­ber has grown in re­cent years, with 495 house­holds forced out in the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year, up about 20 per cent from the 389 house­holds in 2014-15 and 456 in 2013-14.

Of the 495 house­holds forced out of pub­lic homes, 313 house­holds — or about six each week — re­fused to leave and were evicted by bailiffs, and 134 house­holds were forced out by court or­der.

Only 43 house­holds left vol­un­tar­ily af­ter breach­ing the three­strikes pol­icy.

The Prop­erty Own­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion said the ris­ing evic­tion rate showed the State Govern­ment was try­ing to shift the bur­den of pub­lic hous­ing onto the pri­vate mar­ket.

POA spokesman Adam Bet­ti­son said there were al­ready record

prop­erty dis­putes in the pri­vate rental mar­ket, and it would strug­gle with more re­cal­ci­trant ten­ants.

The West Aus­tralian re­cently re­vealed 130 ten­ants dis­ap­peared with­out a trace ev­ery week, with­out leav­ing land­lords a for­ward­ing ad­dress to deal with bond and re­pair is­sues.

Mr Bet­ti­son said land­lords of­ten had to wait for ten­ants to fall into rental ar­rears be­fore they could force them out, be­cause it was dif­fi­cult to ter­mi­nate con­tracts over dam­age or an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“There is a lim­ited amount of pub­lic hous­ing and in­creas­ing laws which pre­vent dis­crim­i­na­tion by land­lords, so they are forced to ac­cept a wide range of ap­pli­cants,” he said.

“Once ten­ants are in, it is very hard to get them out.”

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Bren­don Grylls said the cur­rent pol­icy was work­ing and would not change. He said the Govern­ment strength­ened the Dis­rup­tive Be­hav­iour Man­age­ment Strat­egy in May 2011 to help deal with an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Mr Grylls said a drop in the num­ber of strikes is­sued to ten­ants, from 2102 in the 2013-14 fi­nan­cial year to 1647 in 2015-16, showed the pol­icy was hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on tenant be­hav­iour.

Pub­lic hous­ing ter­mi­na­tions oc­cur when the tenant reaches the max­i­mum num­ber of strikes.

This could in­volve ei­ther three dis­rup­tive strikes, two se­ri­ous strikes or one dan­ger­ous strike within a one-year pe­riod.

Mr Grylls said the State Govern­ment was also test­ing pro­ba­tion­ary ten­an­cies to iden­tify ten­ants strug­gling to meet their obli­ga­tions.

The pro­gram pro­vides an early in­di­ca­tion as to which ten­ants re­quire ad­di­tional sup­port or in­ter­ven­tion, and al­lows more dif­fi­cult ten­an­cies to be ter­mi­nated in a timely way.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.