Forum to be held to determine what is being done to address housing affordability and homelessness

The state’s Housing Crisis Committee hopes a forum it is organising will give clear answers to what is being done to address housing affordability and homelessness.

Less than a year ago, the committee held a rally in Mirrabooka in support of refugees who were struggling to find accommodation.

Since then, the situation has not significantly improved with many people, including refugees, facing high rents or homelessness.

The head of the committee, Mandy Whitton, said while there may have been some improvement, serious problems remain unresolved.

“It certainly hasn’t gone away,” she said.

“It might have, as you say, improved slightly but that doesn’t mean that it’s not still a critical problem.”

The committee will invite the Department of Housing, the Real Estate Institute of WA and community housing groups to map out steps being taken to provide affordable housing and rental accommodation.

Ms Whitton says there have also been concerns that some property owners and agents are not complying with parts of the revised Residential Tenancies Act which came into force this year.

“The property condition report is one which is supposed to be done as a compulsory thing on entering and exiting the house, but there are still some agents and more so owners who are just not doing it.”

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