Apply for subsidised rent in public housing

You could be eligible for a subsidised rent if:

  • the market rent for your property is more than the subsidised rent Housing SA calculates based on your householehold’s total assessable income before tax.
  • no one in your household owns or partly owns any residential property.

If you’re eligible for a subsidised rent, your rent is no more than 30% of your household’s total assessable income before tax.

The percentage applied will depend on the type of home you live in and your assessable income level. Read about the recent changes for cottage flats and households with moderate incomes.

You need to tell Housing SA in writing within 14 days if your household income changes.

You must apply to Housing SA if you want someone new to move into your home.

Changes can also be reported using your Housing Connect account.

Apply for subsidised rent

Housing SA will use the information on this form to ask for details of your specific circumstances. They might ask for evidence of:

  • identity and income of new occupants
  • income of current occupants
  • caring arrangements

What happens next

Housing SA will send you a form requesting details about the changes that will affect your assessable income.

Once the assessment is complete, you’ll receive a letter telling you if subsidised rent has been approved.

Subsidised rents are reviewed twice a year or whenever the people in your household or your household income changes.

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