Senin, 23 Juli 2012

Queensland to defund tenancy services

News from Queensland: the State Government there has announced that it will stop funding the Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services.

Twenty-four community organisations will lose their funding – and more than half a million Queensland households will lose access to independent information and advice about their rights and obligations as tenants.

Housing Minister Dr Bruce Flegg said:

“While it would be nice to be able to continue to fund programs like the TAAS, our primary focus needs to be on the core business of putting roofs over people’s heads.” 

'Nice'? Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services keep roofs over people's heads. They also keep a lot of tenancy disputes from getting out of hand, and keep rents being paid – a point that is sometimes missed by landlords and governments.    

The defunding will save about $5 million per year – but cost the whole of the community there a lot more.

Let's hope sense prevails and this valuable service – part of the core business of housing people decently – is funded to keep working for Queensland tenants.