State’s bill for cleaning up after dirty tenants hits $413 million

Cleaning up rubbish when tenants move out and maintaining ageing properties are pushing up social housing bills, with new figures showing expenses have soared 50 per cent in four years.

An audit report released on Tuesday revealed the state government’s bill for maintenance of social housing properties had increased from $223 million in 2014 to $413 million in 2017-18.

The report said the NSW Land and Housing Corporation, which manages 144,000 social housing properties across the state, signed a maintenance contract in 2016.

Since then, there has been an increase in calls about maintenance because tenants can make contact directly with call centres to request repairs, the report said.

But the report also said the increased costs had delivered positive outcomes for tenants because they could access repairs more quickly, as well as in some cases be paid to carry out the maintenance.

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald