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Elderly tenant receives rent-free promise

28 July 2014 Staff Reporter

A 101 year-old tenant couldn't believe her luck when the Department of Housing called to tell her she'd now be living rent free, and she'd also receive a rebate for the money she had paid since turning 100.

Christmas has come in July for Ivy Laver, who has received a big cheque and a rent-free promise from the government, radio station 3AW has reported.

Ms Laver learned she would receive $8,000 in back-pay after unnecessarily paying rent for the 19 months since her 100th birthday.

The Department of Housing has confirmed that once a public housing tenant turns 100, they are no longer required to pay rent.

"I thought she must have dreamed it, so I rang the Department that day and they confirmed it," Michele Worthington, Ms Laver’s daughter, said.

"Mum's going to take her family to the Windsor Hotel for high tea," Ms Worthington said.

"My brother Richard, who is now deceased, worked there as a bellboy in the late 1940s."

Elderly tenant receives rent-free promise
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