Griffith resident Pinkal Patel is adamant that only new construction and a drop in the price of leases for rental houses will allow people to live in suitable and desirable housing.
Having run his business in town for the last three years Mr Patel said he has become aware of several instances in which families of new immigrants to Australia have been lying to their landlords about the number of people they intend to have living in their homes.
Although he believes the housing situation works for some people Mr Patel says it's a practice which needs to stop.
"I have seen a couple of families where when they apply for a house, say on paper its four people (living there). But, when you go inside there are 10 or 15 people living inside the house," Mr Patel said.
His main concerns are that such situations damage houses and drive down their value.
He also believes such situations are unpleasant for many residents forced to live with unwanted and sometimes abusive family members, being unable to pay the rent and even find a house available to move out buy themselves.
"People need to understand that they have to abide by the laws, it does more damage (to houses) for sure."
Among the solutions being aired in the federal election, Labor candidate for Farrer Kieran Drabsch is pushing for more social housing to be built.
If elected Mr Drasch said he will increase funding for the NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) as well as the Linking Communities Network to provide more social and crisis housing in Griffith.
With Labor promising to deliver $1.7 billion of investment into social housing if they win at the federal election Mr Drabsch said he has been lobbying his colleagues in Canberra this week, requesting some of the cheddar to be sent this way.
If he wins Mr Drabsch said he will be willing to work with Member for Murray Helen Dalton to deliver more funding for FACS and the LCN.
However, he did not give a dollar figure.
Mr Drabsch also said if elected he will lobby to extend the period over which providers of housing services can receive tenders for their services to the government, and will fight to reduce the level of competition facing providers to deliver services at lower costs.
"We need to look at ways at which we can create a more secure funding for the providers of these services," Mr Drabsch said.
"Groups that have long track record of delivering quality service shouldn't be made to be at each other's throats, the idea that every community every three years can have this wonderful competitive process that is going to deliver cheaper dividends and better outcomes is flawed."
Responding to the comments Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said "the only difference in (Labor's) housing policy is Labor's $32 billion in housing taxes which will abolish negative gearing, reduce the value of homes and push up rents."
When asked whether Labor's plans to remove negative gearing will create less intensive for developers in the private housing sector Mr Drabsch disagreed.
"I'll think you'll find a lot of that lower interest in housing is to do with the banking royal commission also the global economy is slowing down, investors are becoming more risk averse in general," Mr Drabsch said.
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