Denmark Council votes to lease house for three months amidst tight rental market

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Denmark Shire Council Administration Centre.
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The Shire of Denmark is set to lease one of its properties and add supply to Denmark’s tight home rental market, after the council authorised the execution of an agreement with Government Regional Officer Housing.

As part of his contract, Denmark chief executive David Schober is provided with a Shire-owned house located on Beveridge Road.

But Mr Schober has previously declined the offer to move into the house for the next 12 months.

Given there only two rental properties listed for rent in Denmark, the council authorised the president and chief executive to execute a lease with GROH, provided the lease is no longer than three months and weekly rental is more than than $475.

The agreement will also include a provision allowing for a further six-month term should the Shire’s incoming corporate and community services director choose not to reside at the property.

It is expected that the house will be leased to a family and two senior staff members from Denmark Senior High School.

Shire officers said they considered the risk of leasing to this party as low and the community benefit significant.

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