MORE than 72 per cent of public tenants currently affected by anti- social behaviour have not had their problem resolved or addressed appropriately by State housing departments, according to the OHSBlog survey.
A massive 65 per cent found Housing staff to be "unhelpful and disinterested", and most had been putting up with noisy neighbours for more than two years.
Anti-social behaviour, maintenance and mutual exchange are three of the bigger issues affecting tenants in public housing across Australia. As each sector of Housing is run by the State government, tenants in each state experience a different level of ineptitude from their "landlord".
The OHSBlog tenant survey has covered all three topics as well as interstate transfers and empty properties. More than 50 per cent of tenants reported that there was a vacant property in their street/ building that had been empty for more than two months, and this while the waiting list grows longer and the homeless face winter on the streets.
Any tenant in Housing can tell you that the system is broken, but just how broken depends on who you talk to. Official glossy brochures are posted out on a regular basis telling tenants how wonderful life is. Meanwhile their roof is leaking, their carpet is rotting and the neighbours are making life hell.
OHSBlog has designed the survey to try to gauge the extent of the problems experienced by tenants - and perhaps allow all parties to see the BIG picture and tackle the issues at the core instead of the Band-Aid approach that currently exists.
The survey reveals that 50 per cent of tenants don't know their rights and don't know how to make their landlord accountable. The time has come to educate them and empower them to improve their lives.
The survey will run for another two months and all tenants currently living in public housing are encouraged to fill it in and have their voice heard.
Quick Facts so far:
- 43% have requested a transfer to move away from noise or anti-social environment
- 61% have waited over a year for their transfer to be processed
- 54% have had to make between 2 and 20 reports to Housing to have their anti-social behaviour problems looked at.
- 35% of tenants have between 2 and 5 outstanding maintenance issues
- 70% have been waiting over a year for maintenance issues to be addressed and need to make more than 5 reports before a response is forthcoming
- An overwhelming 93% would like the 8 State Housing departments to allow interstate transfers.