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Register for a public housing transfer or tenant exchange

If you want to move to a different public or Aboriginal housing property you may be able to register for a transfer or tenant exchange.

A registration for transfer is placed on the housing register and prioritised based on your household's needs.

If you register for a tenant exchange, you are responsible for finding another public or Aboriginal housing tenant to swap properties with.

Registering for a transfer


You're eligible for a transfer if you either:

  • have lived in your current property for at least three years
  • are eligible for Category 1 or 2.

How to apply

1. Complete registration for transfer

Complete a registration for transfer (111.8 KB PDF).

2. Other documents you'll need

Provide proof of identity

Provide proof of identity for anyone in your household aged 16 and over who haven't previously given Housing SA their proof of identity.

Transferring to Aboriginal housing

If you're registering to transfer from public to Aboriginal housing, you'll also need to provide confirmation of Aboriginality.

3. Return documents

Return all documents to Housing SA.

You can cancel or update your registration for transfer at any time by contacting Housing SA.

Registering for tenant exchange


You're eligible to register for a tenant exchange if:

  • you're a current Housing SA tenant
  • your lease agreement is for five or more years or is an ongoing lease agreement
  • you don’t have any active, serious and substantiated complaints about antisocial behaviour.

How to apply

1. Register for tenant exchange

Complete a tenant exchange registration form (70.4 KB PDF) and return it to Housing SA.

You can cancel or update your registration for tenant exchange at any time by contacting Housing SA.

2. Find a house to swap

Search the Tenant exchange register at any regional Housing SA office for the properties and areas you'd like to move to.

Information in the register includes:

  • number of bedrooms
  • type of property
  • location
  • details of any special features, like a carport
  • a tenant exchange number.

When you find a property you're interested in, contact Housing SA with the property's tenant exchange number. Housing SA will give you a contact number for the tenant.

3. View the property

Contact the tenant to arrange a time to see their property, and for them to come and see yours.

4. Get approval to exchange properties

Once you've both decided you want to exchange properties, contact Housing SA.

You can't move until Housing SA approves it.

Things to consider

Before you agree to exchange properties, make sure you're happy with the property’s size, location and condition.

You'll need to pay:

  • a deposit for the new property
  • water charges up to the date you leave your current property
  • any charges for non-fair wear and tear maintenance at your current property.

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