TT had a story last night on how public houses are being trashed. They state it costs the Qld state government $112 million each year in repairs. NSW was much worse at around $385 million pand nationally over one billion per year. Here is the link to the TT site which has the video "Stop Them" on it. http://au.todaytonight.yahoo.com/latest.
My daughter with a history of illness and her two young children are on the waiting list for housing. Qld supposedly have a new priority system and we think she was on the highest level of priority. We seem to get conflicting messages depending on whom one speaks to at housing. We are terribly overcrowded in our little two bedroom retirement style unit since the three of them moved in here as an emergency measure a few months ago when her illness took a turn for the worse and they had no where to live.
During the course of application, Qld Housing requested a TICA report ( Default Tenancy Control System). This is where REs and other landlords can register a tenant who trashes rental property or fails to pay rent.
Unbelievably, someone from housing who did seem to know what she was talking about told my daughter she could be dropped off the highest priority level because she wasn’t listed on TICA.
In other words, it appears that the Qld Housing gives preference to those with a history of trashing rental properties. Not sure if this is the same in other states. Housing's point of view seems to be it is one less obstacle in getting a private rental, but what's the point of providing valuable property to people with a known history of trashing.
This seems to be an utter waste of tax payer funds… Meanwhile, those in genuine need and who have a good history of caring for their rental properties are being made to wait or kept out.