Sandra Shaw (centre) and her family are looking for a new place to live. Back L-R Isaiah Toby, Traviz Butler, Jefferson Butler, Trent Ahwang, and Michelle Butler with Sandra Butler. Front L-R Emmett Butler, Audrey Butler with Ivan Butler outside their former Gracemere home of seven years.
Sandra Shaw (centre) and her family are looking for a new place to live. Back L-R Isaiah Toby, Traviz Butler, Jefferson Butler, Trent Ahwang, and Michelle Butler with Sandra Butler. Front L-R Emmett Butler, Audrey Butler with Ivan Butler outside their former Gracemere home of seven years. Chris Ison Rokchome

Mum of 8 evicted, kids farmed out

SANDRA Shaw is looking for somewhere to live with her seven children and two grandchildren.

The family was evicted yesterday from the Department of Housing home in Gracemere where they have lived for about eight years.

It appears some neighbours are glad to see the family finally moving on.

Yesterday, Sandra spent the day making arrangements for her children and grandchildren so they’d have a roof over their heads.

She wasn’t clear about what she would do herself.

“I’m a mother of eight kids,” Sandra said.

“Seven of my kids live here and my son has seven-week-old baby and a two-year-old daughter.”

“We’re homeless and I’ve got to split my kids up and give them to relatives.”

Sandra said she’d been to court three times over issues with her neighbours this year.

She said the second time she’d been given two months to ensure there were no more complaints, but on her last visit, late last month, she was told time was up, as of yesterday.

She said she had been given 14 days to move out, but as she had to be out within that time she actually had about eight days.

“Over the years you gather that much junk,” Sandra said.

Sandra said neighbours often complained because her kids were making too much noise and was told that last month, three complaints had been made to police.

She said she’d never received notices about the complaints and when she contacted the Gracemere Police she was told there had been no complaints.

Meanwhile, neighbours said they were glad to see Sandra’s family go.

One neighbour said there were constant issues including loud arguments and constant partying.

Neighbours said they had contacted police and the housing commission on a number of occasions to complain and had been asked to testify in court but had refused for fear of repercussions.

One neighbour said the noise wasn’t the only problem; with rubbish piling up around the house.

“I can’t rid of the mice in my house it’s an ongoing battle,” the neighbour said.

Several residents on the street are planning on moving out, sick of dealing with the drama.

Gracemere police officers said they were unable to comment on the matter.

Sandra said she wasn’t able to find private housing because when realtors found out about her history with the Housing Commission, landlords didn’t want her.

 A spokesman for the Department of Community Services and Housing confirmed that Sandra was served with a notice to vacate the property by 2.30pm on Wednesday.

He said the notice was issued by the Magistrate’s Court following lengthy process by the department attempting to remedy numerous breaches of the tenant’s obligations under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.   He said eviction was a last resort and was not used unless all other available avenues to remedy the breaches had been taken.


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