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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 325..


Housing-tenant obligations

(Question No 8)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

What will the Minister do to ensure that Havelock Housing tenants meet their obligations under the Tenancy Act in relation to ensuring that other tenants are not adversely affected and are allowed to enjoy the peace and quiet of their own homes, following on-going complaints over many months from residents and other Housing A.C.T. tenants from across Canberra regarding difficult and disruptive Havelock Housing tenants.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Havelock Housing Association is required to offer tenancy agreements which comply with the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

Under the terms of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, disturbances are a breach of the standard terms of the tenancy agreement.

Where disturbances are identified, the lessor, Havelock Housing Association, works with tenants to assist them to identify options which will support them to meet their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act. This includes offering mediation and conflict resolution services, referring tenants to appropriate support services and in some cases, arranging the transfer of tenants to more appropriate premises.

As a responsible and experienced property manager Havelock Housing Association is aware of its obligations and responsibilities as a landlord when any of its tenants exhibit disruptive behaviour.

Housing-shortages

(Question No 9)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) Was Petree Pty Ltd awarded a Research and Development Grant for $200 000 around 2001 to find solutions to the social, affordable and adaptable housing shortage in Canberra; if so, can he advise what progress has been made, to date, on the submission put forward to the Government by Petree Pty Ltd in its response to addressing and meeting the shortage of public, social, affordable and adaptable housing crisis in the ACT;

(2) Is the Government considering partnering with Petree Pty Ltd to begin to tackle the public and social housing problem given that there are not other competitors in the field;

(3) Will the Government be prepared to work with the Liberal Party and cross benches to pursue opportunities for public, social, adaptable and affordable housing; if so, how will it progress this suggestion.


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