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GRANT WELCOMES CRACKDOWN ON SOCIAL HOUSING DAMAGE

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed a strategy aimed to curb deliberate vandalism to social housing properties costing millions of dollars each year to repair.

The NSW Government will consider a number of options to discourage tenants from damaging homes including the payment of a bond and more frequent property inspections.

"Unfortunately the Dubbo electorate has far too many examples of poor tenant behaviour leading to property destruction and damage which needlessly adds to waiting times for public housing," Mr Grant said.

"Money can be better spent building more homes for people than expecting NSW taxpayers to bear the brunt of the spiralling cost of fixing damage caused by a small number of public housing tenants."

Last year the bill to fix public housing properties was $8 million, in 2010 it was $5 million and this year's bill is heading into the vicinity of up to $12 million.

Bonds would only be considered for high risk tenants who may have a history of damaging properties and who ask for a second chance, said Mr Grant.

The NSW Government will also look at other strategies such as frequent inspections and educating tenants about house maintenance.

"Social housing tenants must take responsibility and look after their properties properly," said Mr Grant.

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