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SA's public housing residents welcome amnesty

13 Aug 13

Housing SA's month-long amnesty for public housing residents has enjoyed a strong start, according to minister for social housing Tony Piccolo.

The amnesty, which began on August 1 and runs until the end of the month, allows residents of public housing to provide details of any undeclared income or household members without facing a penalty.

Residents have come forward with a strong response, said Mr Piccolo in an August 9 media release.

As of last Friday (August 9), over 300 public housing tenants came forward to Housing SA and updated their details.

In addition, members of the general public have made more than 70 reports about tenants they believed had undeclared income or household members.

Mr Piccolo urged all public housing tenants to heed his real estate advice and contact Housing SA if they felt they needed to.

"It's great to see so many people making the most of this opportunity, and I would encourage either public housing tenants or members of the community who wish to make a report to get in touch with Housing SA," he said.

"The amnesty gives tenants a window of opportunity to declare extra household members or income with no risk of penalty and no requirement to pay back rent."

Mr Piccolo stated that he was pleased with the "encouraging start to this campaign", and outlined the real purpose of the amnesty - to provide a fairer public housing system for all tenants involved.

"Housing SA relies on rental income to carry out maintenance on existing public housing properties, as well to build new homes to support some of our state's most disadvantaged citizens," he explained.

He concluded by saying that this could only be achieved if everyone was paying the correct amount of rent.