Antisocial behaviour in public housing
How DCJ manages antisocial behaviour, how to report it and what to do if a complaint is made against you
How we manage antisocial behaviour
We want to provide a better social housing experience for our tenants and for the surrounding communities. This includes living somewhere that is safe.
While the majority of social housing tenants are good neighbours and law-abiding people, there are a small number of tenants whose antisocial and illegal behaviour puts the safety and security of their neighbours at risk.
We have introduced laws to crack down on criminal and antisocial behaviour in social housing properties across NSW, to better protect tenants and the wider community.
To support these laws, policies and processes have been developed which ensure the system is fair for all.
Tenants found responsible for Minor and Moderate Antisocial Behaviour will be issued with a Warning Notice, following their first instance of antisocial behaviour.
DCJ can then issue Strike Notices to tenants engaging in antisocial behaviour such as playing loud music or hosting wild parties. Tenants who receive three Strikes for antisocial behaviour within 12 months may face eviction.
If a tenant engages in Severe Illegal Behaviour – such as serious drug crimes or storing an unlicensed firearm - DCJ can apply directly to the NCAT which will have less discretion to stop the tenant being evicted.
Tenants, neighbours and the community can have a voice in the NCAT with the introduction of Neighbourhood Impact Statements. Neighbours will have the opportunity to contribute to a Statement which will help the NCAT understand how a tenant’s antisocial behaviour has affected them and the broader community.
Most new tenants will be put onto a 12 month probationary lease when they come into public housing. Probationary leases set expectations of tenants from the start of their tenancy to pay rent, show respect for neighbours and meet the other conditions of their lease.
For more information please go to www.facs.nsw.gov.au or call the Housing Contact Centre on 1800 422 322.