Probationary leases for anti-social tenants

ACT public housing tenants who repeatedly damage property and offend neighbours can now be put on probationary leases, with strict conditions.

The provisional tenancies will apply to tenants who have been previously evicted due to anti-social or disruptive behaviour and reapply for housing.

They will receive a 12 month probationary lease, with conditions around behaviour, regular inspections, and requirements they make use of support services.

The conditions may also include a limitation of visitors and time limitations for noise.

Tenants who abide by the terms will be given a normal lease without a fixed term, like other public housing tenancies.

If Housing ACT is not sure if the tenant's behaviour has changed, they can grant another one year agreement.

Housing ACT will have the power to terminate leases more quickly as it no longer needs to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal before evicting a repeat offender.

The evicted tenant can still appeal to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

(ACAT) Tenants who have previously been evicted because of failure to pay will receive some support with budgeting and debt management.

ACT Housing says the new rules will help the agency in the management of disruptive behaviour and send a clear message to tenants about community standards.

ACT Government officials will provide briefings about the changes to ACAT and groups that deal with tenancy support, homelessness and legal rights.

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