Australian social housing tenants evicted to make way for selloff to wealthy
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities
Australian social housing tenants evicted to make way for sell-off to wealthy
Social housing tenants living in the Australian city of Sydney have been evicted from the government-owned buildings they live in so they can be sold off to the wealthy.
The first six of 293 properties at Millers Point and The Rocks will be auctioned off in the coming months.
Similar properties in the area have sold for as much as $3 million.
The current tenants living in the popular locations, which are a short walk from Sydney harbour, will be relocated once the homes are sold.
With some of those set to be evicted having lived in their present homes for their entire life, government ministers have justified the move by claiming the millions of dollars raised by the sales will be ploughed back into the country's social housing.
The government has pledged to build three new homes for every one sold at Millers Point.
Minister for Family and Community Services Gabrielle Upton said: "While we are very conscious that this involves relocating tenants who live in these properties, a tough decision had to be taken that will benefit far more people in need of housing assistance.
"It simply is not fair to the 58,000 applicants on the social housing waiting list for the government to spend hundreds of millions of dollars maintaining properties which are not suitable for public housing."
With over 200 of the properties heritage listed, the government has claimed that it is facing a $100m bill to restore them all.