The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is a Commonwealth government scheme. It helps low and moderate income households rent private accommodation at an affordable rate.
NRAS offers incentives to private investors to build and rent out properties. NRAS properties are managed by non-government organisations or private real estate managers.
Rent cannot be more than 80% of the market value for that area.
You must meet the household income eligibility limits set by the Department of Social Services (DSS).
Check with the NRAS property manager about any additional requirements.
Some NRAS properties may have extra criteria, for example may only be available to people with a disability.
Contact individual NRAS property managers directly.
You can also search for NRAS property listings on www.realestate.com.au which will include contact details of the relevant NRAS property manager.
Once you contact individual NRAS property managers in an area you would like to live, they will give you information about how to apply for NRAS.
You may be asked to provide proof of income and identity. If the property manager has additional eligibility criteria, you may also be asked to provide evidence of your situation - eg a letter from a medical professional confirming your disability.
Some NRAS properties are managed by registered community housing providers. If you register your interest in community housing, you will automatically be considered for any NRAS properties managed by community housing providers.
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