Yesterday I wrote about the Department of Housings boast of having a more efficient system, labelled “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” for managing poorly behaved social welfare housing tenants than the Newman government’s “Three strikes” policy.
My criticism was based on their own figures, but there is nothing like some anecdotal evidence to round things out, which the Courier Mail has now provided today.
Neighbours of notorious Townsville home fed up after another explosive incident
NEIGHBOURS of a notorious housing commission property in Kirwan say they are fed up after another explosive incident at the Thuringowa Drive home on Saturday.
Residents say the occupants constantly trespass and cause damage to neighbouring homes, are violent with each other and host loud parties that go on for days.
They aired frustrations after a 16-year-old boy at the home wanted for property crimes ran from police on Saturday, leading officers on a foot chase through backyards.
It seems to have been going on for a while.
Another resident said his family had tried to sell up but their proximity to the notorious property put buyers off.
“Police are there at least twice a week … it never seems to stop,” he said.
“The lack of any (Housing Department) response is infuriating.
“It feels like I have had $50,000 just ripped from my pocket … we can’t even get close to what we paid for our house and we don’t feel safe, but we can’t sell and move.”
No doubt Housing Department staff are still negotiating the details of the Tenancy Management Plans with the tenants.
A notice to quit would be likely to be more effective. Sounds like more than three swings at the ball, and some other things, have occurred here.