Proposed Automatic Rent Deduction Scheme may reduce fairness

The Automatic Rent Deduction Scheme (ARDS) as proposed by the Social Services Legislative Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017 if passed will have a detrimental impact on arrears and debt management processes employed by social housing landlords in New South Wales. It has strong potential to reduce fairness and transparency across social housing tenancy management systems, and this will be keenly felt by tenants in social housing – whether or not they are referred to a compulsory ARDS.

The Tenants' Union has made a submission about our concerns to the Senate Inquiry in the proposed Bill.