Papua New Guinea police officers, who had been occupying the condemned Bumbu Barracks in Lae, are now living in tents.
The Post Courier newspaper reports this comes after a deadline to vacate the barracks lapsed last Thursday.
About 100 officers are in tents while their families remain in the condemned houses.
The newspaper quotes a spokesman and the Momase Police Association president, Sergeant Kim Janannis, as saying the officers in Lae won't attend to active duties until the government attends to their housing woes.
But the divisional commander, Giossi Labi, says his staff are continuing to work normal hours and are waiting for the green light for when they can move into new barracks.