Human rights Ron Merkel represents disabled Tasmanian man facing homelessness in court

A disability pensioner will soon know if he is made homeless by Housing Tasmania, pending a court decision.

Hobart Magistrates Court in October granted an order for his Glenorchy home to be vacated after a notice to vacate, served in June, was disputed.

An appeal was heard against that decision in Hobart Supreme Court on Tuesday, with top human rights lawyer Ron Merkel representing the 53-year-old intellectually disabled man.

Mr Merkel said Housing Tasmania had extended Gregory Parsons’ lease on his home 13 times, for three and 12-month periods, over 10 years.

The lawyer said he was given a notice to vacate on the basis that his lease would not be extended in June.

Mr Merkel said this decision came with no reasoning, no opportunity to have the matter reviewed, and would have rendered Mr Parsons homeless and placed at the bottom of the housing waiting list.

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