Transfers and relocations

Same address transfers in public housing

In some circumstances, a public or Aboriginal housing tenancy may be transferred to another person living in your property.

A court can make a tenancy order by assigning the tenancy into someone else's name as part of an intervention order.

Eligibility

Partners

If you're the tenant's partner, you may be eligible to have the tenancy transferred to you if you meet all of the below conditions:

  • the tenant dies or leaves the property
  • Housing SA can verify you were living at the property at the time the tenant died or left
  • no one in the household owns or partly owns any residential property.

If it's an Aboriginal housing property, you'll need to verify that you're of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (256.8 KB PDF), or meet all of the below conditions:

  • you have custodial care of at least one of the tenant's children
  • the tenant's child will live in the house as a permanent household member from the time the tenancy is transferred to you
  • the tenancy will be transferred to the tenant's child when they start receiving an independent income.

Other family members

If you're another family member - eg tenant's child, you may be eligible to have the tenancy transferred to you if you meet all of the below conditions:

  • the tenant dies or leaves the property
  • Housing SA can verify you've been living in the property for at least 12 months immediately before applying
  • you're eligible for public housing
  • the tenancy hasn't previously been transferred to a partner or another family member.

If it's an Aboriginal housing property, you'll need to verify that you're of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (256.8 KB PDF).

How to apply

Contact Housing SA to discuss the possibility of transferring the tenancy.

If the current tenant leaves they should give written notice that they're ending their tenancy by completing a termination of tenancy form (69.7 KB PDF). If the current tenant dies you will need to provide proof of their death - eg copy of the death certificate, death or funeral notice.

What happens next

If you're eligible

Housing SA will contact you to sign a new lease agreement. If you're the tenant's partner you'll be offered the same type of lease agreement as the original tenant. If you're a family member, you'll be offered a probationary lease agreement.

You'll need to complete a rent review form and provide proof of income for everyone who'll be living at the property aged 16 and over.

If the property is too big for your household, Housing SA will ask you to transfer to a more appropriate property.

If you're not eligible

Housing SA will contact you to negotiate a date for you to leave the property.

If you're unhappy with this decision, you can appeal within 14 days.

You may need to sign a holding lease agreement that allows you to temporarily stay in the property.


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    Page last updated 21 June 2018

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