Ending a public housing tenancy
If you need to leave your home temporarily you may not have to end your tenancy.
In some situations, you may be able to transfer the tenancy to another person who lives in the property.
Change or cancel ending your tenancy
Contact Housing SA before your tenancy is due to end if you want to either:
- change the date your tenancy ends
- cancel ending your tenancy.
Housing SA will contact you to make a time for a final inspection. It's important that you attend the inspection.
The current condition of your property is compared to the inspection sheet you completed when you first moved in. Housing SA takes into consideration:
- how long you've lived there
- reasonable wear and tear.
You may find it helpful to review your original inspection sheet before your final inspection. You may be able to make small repairs before the inspection.
If you can't attend the final inspection, contact Housing SA.
Your responsibilities when you leave
You're responsible for:
- making sure your Housing SA account is paid up to date, including maintenance and water charges
- removing any alterations you made to the property that Housing SA hasn't given permission for you to leave at the property - eg filling and painting over holes left by shelving units
- removing all of your belongings
- removing all rubbish from the property
- organising for utility services to be disconnected - eg gas, electric
- leaving the property in a clean state.
Belongings left behind at the property
You'll be charged for any belongings or rubbish you've left at the property after you've moved out. Contact your local council to find out how to get rid of rubbish or unwanted belongings like furniture or vehicles. Many local councils offer these services free or at minimal cost.
Any belongings you leave behind at the property are considered to be abandoned goods. Contact Housing SA if you want to collect them. You'll be charged the cost for removing and storing them.
Sentimental items like photos or items of cultural significance are kept for six months.
If the cost of removing, storing and selling the goods is:
- more than the cost of storing them, Housing SA disposes of or donates them.
- less than their estimated value, Housing SA puts them in storage for 60 days.
You can ask Housing SA to send you a tenant reference letter once you've moved out. A reference may help you secure alternative accommodation in the future.
Credit in your account
You'll be refunded any credit left in your account once any charges have been deducted - eg for water. This can take up to eight weeks from the date your tenancy ended.
If you want to return
Once you've moved out you won't be able to return.
If you want to be rehoused in public housing, you'll need to register your interest in public or community housing.