Eviction of disability pensioner from Housing Tasmania unit a test case, court hears

An intellectually disabled Tasmanian man facing eviction from a Housing Tasmania unit is at the centre of what has been dubbed a test case for public housing in the state.

Disability pensioner Gregory William Parsons, 53, has been living in a Housing Tasmania unit in Glenorchy, in Hobart’s northern suburbs for 10 years.

He was told in May to vacate the property after his lease expired.

That was despite his lease being extended 13 times in the last decade for periods of three, six and 12 months.

Mr Parsons claimed he had never fallen behind in rent, nor breached his lease agreement in any way.

He said he was surprised and bewildered when he received the letter from Housing Tasmania which told him his tenancy agreement was due to expire and he needed to vacate the property.

“I don’t know what to do next. I asked them [why], still no answers,” he said.

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