Monday April 24, 2017
Fraudulent behaviour by social housing tenants is being targeted by the NSW Government with the commencement of a social housing amnesty on 24 April 2017 run by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward, said that the amnesty, which provides social housing tenants with an opportunity to report undisclosed income, financial assets, property and unauthorised occupants without fear of prosecution, ensures the system is fair for all.
“This amnesty will weed out the people who are breaking the rules and ensure a fairer housing system that provides our most vulnerable with a stable home to live in,” Ms Goward said.
“Any FACS Housing or Aboriginal Housing Office tenant that makes a declaration falling under one of our protected amnesty categories will not face consequences.”
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, said the current amnesty was based on the positive outcomes of similar programs run in 2013 and 2014, which resulted in increased annual revenue of more than $10 million that has been reinvested into public housing.
“This is money that goes back into the social housing system to deliver better quality services to more people,” Tanya Davies MP said.
“I encourage all social housing tenants to take this opportunity to declare or report a change in circumstances to FACS without fear of prosecution or being charged back rent.”
The amnesty will run until 11 June 2017. During the amnesty period tenants and members of the public can provide declarations or information 24 hours, 7 days a week by filling out our form online at www.facs.nsw.gov.au/amnesty, contacting 1800 422 322 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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