Bad tenants down-under.
As the epidemic of habitually bad tenants reaches Australia, a “tough love” scheme is being considered by Newman Government, Queensland.
Queensland Housing Minister Bruce Flegg (Liberal National Party) is pushing for time-limited leases so that public housing tenants can be regularly reviewed for eligibility; ending the so-called “tenancy for life”.
The leases – likely to be one, three or five years in duration, depending on people’s circumstances – would also be tied to good behaviour and on-time rent payments; giving the Government more power to act against bad tenants who repeatedly fail to pay rent or destroy their properties.
The new system is hoped to be brought in from July, as Dr Flegg attempts to address Queensland’s mounting social housing crisis; which he claims is losing $1 million every fortnight.
“It’s reasonable to expect (tenants) to look after the property,” he said.
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