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post Sep 7 2009, 10:22 PM
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The Western Australian Department of Housing has started evicting ineligible social housing tenants following a crackdown announced two weeks ago by Housing and Works Minister Troy Buswell. The WA department is currently manually assessing up to 1,300 tenants who could be ineligible for social housing because of their income, and another 50 who may be ineligible because they own property. One tenant living in a three-bedroom house in southern suburbs of Perth was found to be earning an income of more than $85,000 a year in a job he’d started late in 2008. After failing to attend three appointments, the department has evicted the tenant. Another tenant in a four-bedroom house in the Wheatbelt was found to be a part-owner of land worth in excess of one million dollars and has also been evicted. “Those two properties could have been used to house two families in genuine need of affordable accommodation,” Mr Buswell said. “People on the social housing waiting list miss out when others cheat the system. “If you own an investment property, or you’re making a good salary, clearly you should not be relying on taxpayers to provide subsidised accommodation.” Tenants who advise that they’ve become ineligible will be offered relocation assistance, including six months to find a new home and bond assistance for a private lease. The Minister said the crackdown on social housing cheats was just one part of the State Government’s campaign to tackle the waiting list.

“The social housing building program now under way will deliver more social housing than achieved under any other Government in recent decades,” he said. “Last weekend we sold the first of a package of million dollar properties in the western suburbs of Perth that will yield many more houses in more affordable suburbs across Perth. “Subject to routine maintenance, the two recently vacated dwellings will be leased to eligible tenants as soon as possible.”

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