Strong start to public housing amnesty
Minister for Social Housing Tony Piccolo has welcomed a strong response to Housing SA's month-long amnesty, where public housing tenants can provide details of undeclared income or household members without penalty.
In the first week of the amnesty, more than 370 public housing tenants and members of the public have contacted Housing SA to either update their details or report cases of undeclared income or tenants.
"It's great to see so many people making the most of this opportunity, and I would encourage either public housing tenants or members of the community who wish to make a report to get in touch with Housing SA," Mr Piccolo said.
"The amnesty gives tenants a window of opportunity to declare extra household members or income with no risk of penalty and no requirement to pay back rent.
"So far 300 tenants have declared a change in circumstances with Housing SA and more than 70 reports have been received from members of the public, which is an encouraging start to this campaign."
Mr Piccolo said the amnesty was about delivering a fairer public housing system for tenants.
"Housing SA relies on rental income to carry out maintenance on existing public housing properties, as well as to build new homes to support some of our state's most disadvantaged citizens," he said.
"Paying the correct amount of rent makes the housing system fairer for all tenants."
Mr Piccolo said that tenants and the general public have until the end of the month to take advantage of the amnesty.
"Tenants who do not declare and are later found to be doing the wrong thing will face penalties, including paying back rent and, in some cases, the potential termination of their tenancy agreement.
"I encourage all tenants do the right thing and declare before the Amnesty is over."
The Amnesty ends on Saturday 31 August 2013, and declarations can be made:
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online atwww.sa.gov.au/housingsa/amnesty.
- Or by phone on 1300 138 093 during business hours.