Shelter NSW eBulletin

17 November 2016


Legislation to charge bonds for public tenants put on hold

Following submissions and meetings with housing sector peaks, the Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, decided to put on hold the tabling of legislation that would have allowed bonds to be charged for public tenants.  This will allow time for a further review.  The issues the Minister wants to consider further are: 

  • the impact of charging bonds on particular cohorts, such as the elderly, people with disability or those who have been experiencing domestic violence
  • the limited capacity of tenants to pay bond installments, and
  • concerns expressed about FACS processes and procedures for managing tenant damage, and requests that FACS consider approaches to target and support those most at risk of causing tenant damage.

The Minister has undertaken to provide further information and notify opportunities for further consultation when these have been determined.

You can download Shelter’s submission here