Rent in public housing
Housing SA tells you if your rent changes.
For public and Aboriginal housing, you will pay either market rent or subsidised rent:
- Market rent is the maximum amount of rent you can be charged. It’s based on the State Valuer-General’s assessment of the property you rent and takes into account its size, nature and location.
- Subsidised rent is based on your household’s total assessable income before tax. If you’re eligible for subsidised rent, your rent is no more than 25% of your household’s total assessable income before tax.
Apply for subsidised rent
You’re eligible for a subsidised rent if you meet both of these conditions:
- the market rent is more than 25% of your household’s total assessable income before tax
- no one in the household owns or partly owns any residential property.
You need to:
- tell Housing SA in writing within 14 days if your household income changes
- apply for Housing SA’s written approval if you want someone to move into your home.
How to apply
- Fill in the form to request a rent review or contact Housing SA.
- Provide either proof of income or a completed Centrelink Income Confirmation Service (ICS) consent form for everyone in the household 16 and over who doesn’t already have ICS in place.
- Provide any other information needed, for instance, proof of a caring arrangement.
- Return all documentation to Housing SA.
You need to provide proof of the caring arrangement. You can provide either of these:
- a letter from a health professional stating who’s providing care, who’s receiving care, and confirming the carer provides constant care
- a letter from Centrelink confirming the caring arrangement.
Market rents are reviewed once a year.
Subsidised rents are reviewed twice a year or whenever the people in your household or your household income changes.
You may need to provide proof of your household’s income.
2018-19 State Budget rent changes
The 2018-19 State Budget introduced changes to rent in public, Aboriginal and community housing that affect households who:
- pay subsidised rent in cottage flats
- have a moderate or higher income.
The changes also affect you if you live in a public housing property that’s been transferred to a community housing provider since 2015.
You’re not affected by these changes if you live in a remote Aboriginal Community.
Subsidised rent in cottage flats
From late 2018, subsidised rents in cottage flats are increasing until they reach 25% of your household's total assessable income before tax.
Rents increase in stages by:
- 1.5% of your household’s total assessable income before tax, in both November 2018 and November 2019
- 1% of your household’s total assessable income before tax in line with subsidised rent reviews from late 2020 to late 2021.
Rent increases as a result of the changes are no more than $10 per week at each stage unless there is a change in your household income.
Households with a moderate income
Households with a moderate income will pay up to 30% of their household’s total assessable income before tax from late 2021.
More detail about moderate income levels will be made available closer to 2021.
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Rent policy - SA Housing Authority
Understanding your Housing SA account statement and water invoice - SA Housing Authority