Savings Of Nearly $1 Million Made During Public Housing Amnesty

Savings Of Nearly $1 Million Made During Public Housing Amnesty

New South Wales Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward

Nearly $1 Million In Annual Rent Income Made During First Half Of Amnesty

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales Government has so far secured nearly $1 Million in annual rent income to spend on improving the social housing system.

This has come about as a result of tenants coming forward to declare undisclosed income, assets, property ownership and unauthorised occupants under the protection of an amnesty.

Since the amnesty run by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) began last month, more than 5,000 calls have been received as public housing, Aboriginal Housing Office tenants and members of the public make declarations or third party allegations.

 

Declarations can still be made to FACS without punishment until June 11, and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the additional rent revenue allows for greater resources and quicker improvements to properties.

“We are only half way through this amnesty and substantial gains in extra rent have already been made across the state.” Ms. Goward said.

“At this stage the volume of calls received has exceeded expectations, with 3 times the amount received compared to the same point in the 2014 amnesty.”

“If tenants do not declare their income, assets or additional people living in their home, then they are not paying the correct rent. It is important that FACS has all the correct information to ensure a fair system for everyone.” Ms. Goward said.