Coun­cil­lor calls land­lords to step up

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Natalie Wynne

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.’’

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