Richmond public housing: Tenants evicted after state of government home in Melbourne

Is this Australia’s filthiest housing commission unit? Horrific photos show disgraceful state of a property – but tenants are handed ANOTHER government home after being evicted

  • Public housing unit in Richmond, Victoria called one of filthiest properties ever
  • Previous tenants had left massive piles of rubbish throughout the unit 
  • Included hundreds of cigarettes, drug paraphernalia and even dog faeces
  • There are currently 50,000 people waiting for public housing across the state 

A public housing property resembled a garbage tip when its tenants were finally evicted after a lengthy court battle. 

Neighbours in the Richmond area in Melbourne‘s inner south-east said they complained to the Department of Families, Fairness and House multiple times before action was finally taken earlier this year. 

Photos show huge piles of rubbish with the floor barely visible – and even animal poo left behind by the evicted tenants.

There were also hundreds of discarded cigarette butts and a large amount of drug paraphernalia. 

Photos show huge piles of rubbish with the floor barely visible - and even animal poo left behind by the evicted tenants

Photos show huge piles of rubbish with the floor barely visible – and even animal poo left behind by the evicted tenants 

The Department of Housing told 9News it applied to terminate the tenancy.

A Supreme Court ordered that the tenants finally be evicted after a lengthy court process – but they have since moved into another social housing complex. 

Cleaners went in on Monday to begin the mammoth task of cleaning up the three- bedroom apartment. 

There were also hundreds of discarded cigarette butts and a large amount of drug paraphernalia

There were also hundreds of discarded cigarette butts and a large amount of drug paraphernalia 

They said it is one of the worst public housing units they have ever seen.

Locals said they were relieved the tenants had been evicted, but have been left frustrated with the blowing out of public housing wait-lists.

There are currently 50,000 people waiting for public housing across Victoria.

‘If people are homeless, they are the people that should be in a property like this, not people who have no respect,’ one local said. 

Throughout the Covid pandemic in 2020 and 2021, no inspections of public housing were undertaken, resulting in a huge backlog for the Department.

The clean-up will continue over the coming days before new tenants can be allocated to the apartment. 

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