I’m at a loss as to what to do and looking for advice from fellow Rioters who may have been through a similar situation.
I live in a Weston Creek suburb and have done so for several years. Upon moving in we weren’t aware of the government houses around us. Big deal. Residents of these homes were all normal, working people, until one family moved out and a younger non-working family moved in to one of the houses. It’s a three-bedroom government house, so quite fit for a family.
This young family had no care for themselves, their house or their family. Over the years the kids were removed due and the mother moved out. The remaining occupant now has a number of free bedrooms, which have attracted his “associates” or so he says.
With many short visits to the house both in cars and on foot from early in the morning till late at night, we suspect that drug dealing is taking place. The visitors don’t seem to care at all about what they’re doing, dealing in broad daylight in the driveway. We overhear people walking up to the house talking about how they’re going to conceal it and who sent them so they can get it cheaper.
The house is now a mess with broken down cars in the front yard, metre high grass, collection of road-side “freebies” that they decided to pick up and then dump out the front.
The housing department has been contacted by a number of neighbours who respond with generic “we’ll look into it” causing the occupant to do a quick cleanup and grass cut so it looks half decent when they get their inspection, then goes back to how it is. There are four dogs in the backyard all sharing a single dog house with mess everywhere and they bark late at night keeping fellow neighbour’s awake. Many years of reports to the authorities about the drug dealings finally ended up seeing the place raided by the police. However this hasn’t made the occupant care one bit. It still continues to this day.
I feel for the neighbours of this place – either side and in two houses across the road of this government house has young children who are exposed to the drug dealings and bogan swearing of the visitors to the house. Absolutely no place for young children to be around.
I’m amazed that given the number of families in need out there that the housing department doesn’t take a three-bedroom house off this single person and give it to a needing family (and therefore preventing “guests” moving in to the spare rooms) and their lack of care about whats going on. Mentioning the drug dealing to them simply returns a “refer to the police” but I see them at fault for not properly managing their properties to client’s requirements.
Has anyone else been through this and if so, any pointers as to how to try and do something about this (legally)? Reporting over and over the activities to the police as well as untidiness of the house to the housing department time after time after time is going nowhere. Of course I can pack up and move but I like my suburb and neighbours, and good luck renting or selling a house which is next door to a tax-payer funded drug house.