Property

Shake up for Gladstone social housing concessions

SOCIAL housing tenants in Gladstone are in some cases earning more than $900 a week but paying just $88 in rent, as the Queensland Government acts to have residents contribute at least 25% of their income for their homes.

The State Government is dismantling income concessions and exemptions allowing residents to fork out a fraction of already drastically discounted rents.

Through no fault of their own people living in the government-supplied housing are paying far less than the 25% of their income mandated by state legislation.

The exemptions widen an already enormous gap between social housing tenants and private renters in Gladstone, with the latter paying an average of 63% more a week.

Do you think it's fair to expect social housing tenants to pay a bit more?

This poll ended on 28 June 2014.

Yes if they are deemed fit to do so. - 85%

No they are doing it tough as it is. - 7%

It doesn't affect me so I don't care. - 0%

I live in social housing and I feel I pay enough. - 4%

I live in social housing and I could pay a bit more. - 1%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

It follows revelations from Public Housing Minister Tim Mander who told APN earlier this month more than 100 welfare payments were exempt from being considered as income.

In some cases, rents were determined on a household income of $400 per week through exemptions, while the real weekly figure topped $1000.

With the discounts these tenants pay just $88 per week - about a third of what the law demands.

Mr Mander said on Monday all public housing tenants would have their proper income reassessed in the next 12 months.

The government will cap the annual rental increases at $7.50 per week.

The rent would go up every year until the tenant reaches the 25% mark, even if that takes a decade.

GLADSTONE HOUSING

  • Housing service rent payable $88.20 per week
  • Median private rent $360pw

Topics:  gladstone queensland government real estate social housing



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