Disruptive tenants are on notice to clean up their act if they wish to remain in public housing, with the NSW Government today toughening its stance on antisocial behaviour by directing those who do the wrong thing to seek help.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said that changes to the Antisocial Behaviour Management Policy will require disruptive tenants to prove they have connected with a support service, which they will be linked to by the Department of Family and Community Services, within two weeks.

Tenants who do not comply and connect with that support service will receive an immediate strike under the NSW Government’s ‘three strikes’ policy. Ms Goward said the new rules would put the responsibility on antisocial tenants to change their behaviour and sustain their tenancy.

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“The majority of public housing tenants do the right thing and they are entitled to a peaceful home life, free from any fear or disruption caused by a neighbour doing the wrong thing,” Ms Goward said. “This policy will be welcomed by the thousands of tenants in NSW social housing who respect their neighbours and expect the same in return.”

The new policy is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to combat bad behaviour in public housing, with a bill currently before Parliament that seeks to place bonds on tenants who cause damage in public housing and evict those convicted of rental fraud.