I make a contribution to debate on the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Social Housing) Bill 2018. The bill has three main aspects. First, it extends rental bonds to be payable by certain existing Land and Housing or Aboriginal Housing tenants. I note that this requirement applies to certain new tenants. It also provides for the termination of a tenancy when this bond is required to be paid but has not, in fact, been paid. Secondly, the bill allows for the termination of a Land and Housing or Aboriginal Housing tenancy when the claim for that tenancy has been shown to be fraudulent.
The bill makes various other miscellaneous changes. In particular, it is worth noting that the bill provides for the termination of a lease of a registrable personthat is, a person who has committed a sexual and/or violent offence against young people under the age of 18 years. While the intentions of the bill are good, and I agree with the need to address antisocial behaviour, wilful damage and fraud, I have concerns about the use of the guidelines in this area.
Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018
07 August 2018