Disruptive and unruly social housing tenants will be given two weeks to seek help to change their bad behaviour under the NSW Government’s strengthened antisocial behaviour policy.
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the updated policy, in force from today, will require tenants who are found to have committed an antisocial behaviour offence to prove they have connected with a support service within two weeks.
“These changes will ensure tenants are supported to recognise their bad behaviour and encourage them to make a positive change before their tenancies are put at risk,” Ms Goward said.
“The updated policy should reassure the majority of public housing tenants who do the right thing that their neighbours are getting the help they need to stop the behaviour.”
Tenants will be supported by the Department of Family and Community Services to find appropriate support within the two-week timeframe.
Social housing tenants that successfully connect with a support service will receive a warning - those who do not will receive an immediate strike under the NSW Government’s ‘three strikes’ policy.
The new policy forms part of the NSW Government’s commitment to combat bad behaviour in social housing. Legislation passed earlier in the year to give the Government the power to make tenants who have caused significant damage to their public housing property pay a rental bond and evict those guilty of rental fraud.