Newcastle councillors are pushing to improve eviction notice standards, following reports residents were given just 29 days to vacate a Cooks Hill property.

Cr Carol Duncan is set to present the notice of motion at next Tuesday’s council meeting. 

It’s hoped the motion could establish new rules requiring operators to provide sufficient notice and routine updates to tenants regarding development applications.

Cr Duncan says boarding house residents are already some of the Hunter’s most vulnerable residents.

“In boarding houses you often see that there are a large number of people who may have literacy problems or disability issues, and they’re certainly not being looked after,” Cr Duncan said.

The Labor councillors behind the motion are hoping this is just the start of efforts to improve the city’s housing situation.

“The problem is that people need much more time to get themselves reestablished in suitable housing,” Cr Duncan said.

“Particularly at the moment we’re seeing escalating rental prices and property prices and a terrible shortage of social and affordable houses.”

Councillor Carol Duncan at Parkway Avenue.