Eden Hill: Housing Authority to review position on tenants in alleged ‘drug house’ after court hearing

Syringe found in bush at Jubilee Reserve earlier this year.
Syringe found in bush at Jubilee Reserve earlier this year.

THE Housing Authority is set to review its position on an alleged drug house in Eden Hill after the tenants’ criminal court hearing in December.

The property located on Northmoor Road near Jubilee Reserve has been linked to drug activity in recent months.

On October 11, the tenants faced court and pleaded not guilty, with their case adjourned until December 21.

Housing Authority service delivery general manager Greg Cash said the Housing Authority was still following the case.

“Should the tenants be convicted of the charges, Housing can proceed with termination of the tenancy under the Residential Tenancies Act,” he said.

“The final decision to evict a tenant rests with the Magistrate’s Court.

“Housing’s Midland office is monitoring the tenancy and no further complaints of disruptive behaviour or illegal use of the premises have been reported to the Disruptive Behaviour Reporting Line since July 2016.”

Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said the State Government should respect summer was a peak family time and should protect the area around Jubilee Reserve.

“My understanding is the Government does not have to wait until December,” he said.

“I urge the Government to act now on what they already know about the source of the drugs and not leave the community in limbo for another 10 weeks with no guarantee.”

Resident and Jubilee Action Group member Neera Mukherjee said the tenants needed to be evicted to keep the community safe.

“Personally I would like to view the process of how people are placed in housing,” she said.

“Maybe it’s this process that needs to be defined in order to prevent this happening over.”