Call to evict con­victed ten­ants

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park res­i­dents say the State Hous­ing Author­ity should con­sider mak­ing a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion a rea­son to evict ten­ants to halt crime spikes ex­pe­ri­enced this year.

“At a re­cent meet­ing, the Author­ity’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive said if a ten­ant didn’t pay their rent it was rel­a­tively easy to evict them, but what they could do is make a con­vic­tion a rea­son to do the same,” Safety for Mos­man Park (SfMP) spokes­woman Sasha Burn­ham said.

SfMP, with about 15 mem­bers, was formed after a re­cent crime spike linked to res­i­dents of Hous­ing Author­ity flats in Welling­ton Street.

The spike prompted a po­lice crack­down, in­clud­ing the ar­rest of at least two sin­gle men at the flats, and their as­so­ciates, who are charged with crimes in­clud­ing bur­glary, theft and drug pos­ses­sion.

Ms Burn­ham said SfMP re­alised the Author­ity did not want to dis­crim­i­nate but ten­ants with crim­i­nal records needed con­trol­ling.

“Re­class­ing the flats from sin­gle men’s ac­com­mo­da­tion may be an op­tion, but I’m open to keep­ing it in the same class if we can man­age the real or per­ceived threat to res­i­dents in their streets,” she said.

SfMP wants Mos­man Park coun­cil to take a role, but Mayor Ron Nor­ris said it was for the po­lice and the Author­ity to first try to solve any prob­lem, but if there was no res­o­lu­tion the coun­cil could take the is­sue to Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett.

Asked if crim­i­nal records would be checked and the flats’ de­mo­graphic al­tered, Author­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery gen­eral man­ager Greg Cash said high de­mand for sin­gles ac­com­mo­da­tion was un­likely to change.

The Author­ity fol­lowed the pri­vate rental sec­tor’s prac­tice of not check­ing crim­i­nal records.

Mr Cash said the con­tentious flats were man­aged us­ing the State Gov­ern­ment’s Dis­rup­tive Be­hav­iour Man­age­ment Strat­egy.

De­spite record­ing a 9.2 per cent fall in the Mos­man Park crime rate in the 12 months un­til June 30, the spike prompted po­lice to meet with the Author­ity about the flats on July 29.

But po­lice district com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim Mas­sam would not com­ment on the meet­ing’s out­come while the flats’ is­sues were be­ing dealt with.

Su­san Saleeba with chil­dren from the baby class.

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