Tenants who break the law face losing public housing, despite the extended eviction moratorium in Western Australia.

WA Housing Minister, Peter Tinley issued a warning on Monday, 14 September, reminding tenants that the Department of Communities’ ‘three-strikes policy’ remained in place.

Minister Tinley said antisocial public housing tenants should not feel safe from eviction if they damage property or use public housing for illegal purposes – despite the announcement of an extension to the ‘eviction moratorium’ last week.

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“The vast majority of public housing tenants do the right thing,” he said.

“The eviction moratorium was designed to help those suffering from financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

“It was not intended to provide a safe haven for those few who exhibit unacceptable and antisocial behaviour.

“If you think you can deal drugs from public housing, or threaten and attack your neighbours, and be protected from eviction, think again. Taxpayer-funded housing is a privilege.

The eviction moratorium was implemented at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. It was designed to help those facing financial hardship due to the pandemic and address issues such as an inability to pay rent or bills.

It was due to expire at the end of this month but has now been extended to 28 March 2021.