Thursday, May 19, 2011

Indigenous housing group backs eviction laws

From ABC
The Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation has welcomed new legislation proposed by the Western Australian Government to address unsuitable behaviour in public housing.

The legislation would allow the Department of Housing to call on the magistrates court to evict disruptive tenants.

Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation CEO Julia Shadlow-Bath says the new laws will give authorities more power to deal with troublesome tenants.

"We can issue you with breach notices and those breach notices could escalate to the point of an eviction notice," she said.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Evictions of HomesWest tenants rises

From ABC News

The Department for Housing has evicted more than 150 people in the past six months as part of a crackdown on tenant eligibility.
In 2009, the State Government announced a review of the eligibility criteria for state housing tenants, to ensure they did not exceed income cut offs.
A total of 153 people have been forced to leave since November last year,
The Housing Minister Troy Buswell says changes announced last month to crackdown on anti-social tenants are also likely to lead to more people being evicted.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Another landmark ruling to help control the Ferals


Come in and feel the noise: landlords to pay for rowdy tenants

Photocopies stickytaped to city lamp posts offering dirt-cheap, shared-room rentals in luxury apartments could soon be a thing of the past after a landmark court ruling.

Previously, landlords who crammed partying backpackers and students into houses and apartments could ignore complaints about noise, passing them back to tenants who changed so often no one could be held responsible. But in a game-changing move, a noise-abatement order has been served on the owners, rather than their tenants, of a Double Bay apartment. The downstairs neighbours had complained for years of noise and disturbance.