Greens target vacant land for SA housing

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Legislation to allow portable houses on vacant land will be introduced to South Australia's parliament to help ease the state's housing issues.

The Greens' bill would allow the state government to step in and place portable housing on vacant land in circumstances where the owner is unwilling or unable to undertake development.

The land would be returned to the owner once a development application has been approved.

"South Australia is in the middle of a full-blown housing crisis," Greens MP Robert Simms said.

"It is outrageous that we have residential and commercial land across our state being left vacant, with no plans for development when we have people sleeping on our streets, in tents, cars, and caravans.

"Transportable housing could provide shelter to those South Australians who are sleeping rough and desperately need a roof over their head this winter."

The proposed legislation would give the government the ability to take a statutory lease on a parcel of land for public purposes.

No rent would be paid, but the owner of the land could be reimbursed for expenses such as rates, taxes and levies.

The bill will be introduced in parliament's upper house next month.

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