Councillor calls landlords to step up
A TOWNSVILLE City councillor has hit out at the city’s landlords labelling some suburbs an eyesore.
Cr Deanne Bell said landlords and homeowners who were letting vacant houses around the city fall into disrepair need to step up. She said she had received multiple complaints from residents living beside such houses.
‘‘ I know of a few properties overgrown and sitting vacant that have become a stain on the local neighbourhood,’’ she said.
‘‘ One house in question has been sitting empty for many years. It’s not only impacting on the local area but it’s a waste of housing in a city where the demand for accommodation is extremely high.’’
Cr Bell has issued a challenge to property owners to raise the bar.
‘‘ They need to do regular maintenance themselves or hire someone to come in on a regular basis and do it for them,’’ she said.
‘‘ Property owners have a responsibility not only to themselves to maintain the property but to give consideration to their neighbours,’’ she said.
Cr Bell said it could be a costly exercise should owners choose not to keep their areas tidy.
‘‘ It has to be cheaper to have the property maintained than have council fine them and pass on the costs to clear the block if they won’t do it themselves,’’ she said.
‘‘ It’s not just the look of the place; it’s the potential for vandalism, the problem of vermin and mosquitoes and the obvious dangers in a cyclone.
‘‘ We live in the best city in the best state in Australia; please do your bit to keep it beautiful.’’