Illegal accommodation around the state, including on the Gold Coast, is in the sights of the Queensland Government as they launch a three-month investigation into unregistered boarding houses.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the operation is designed to draw out services that have been operating under the radar – with a focus on issues such as rent gouging of vulnerable people, safety and security.
“Unregistered boarding houses are environments with limited protections, leaving vulnerable people open to intimidation, violence and exploitation,” said the Minister.
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“I’m quite concerned by some of the…conduct in unregistered boarding houses, and this process will shine a light on practices that need to be improved.”
Mr de Brenni did add that unregistered operators would be given the opportunity to register without immediate sanction.
“We aren’t out to punish people who want to do the right thing,” he said.
“If people volunteer to become a registered provider, my Department will offer them every assistance to make that happen.”
Members of the Gold Coast community, service providers and advocates are encouraged to report their concerns about illegal accommodation premises by calling (07) 3008 3450 or emailing email@example.com
For more information on the Queensland Government’s investigation into illegal boarding house activity, visit the Department of Housing and Public Works website.