The transfer of public housing properties to community housing providers

The property and tenancy management of over 5,000 public housing properties has transferred to community housing providers since 2015.

The South Australian Housing Authority managed the transfer of properties in collaboration with community housing providers, Housing SA and tenants.

Community housing providers are able to provide flexible housing management and can tailor their services to work with the needs of individual tenants and neighbourhoods, they are accessible and welcoming to tenants and offer opportunities for tenants to be involved in their communities.

As not-for-profit organisations, community housing providers have access to a range of tax benefits not available to public housing providers. This means they are in a better financial position to spend more on improving the standard of housing they manage.

In time, community housing providers will be able to undertake renewal activities and create more social housing for people who need it.

The following community housing providers manage properties in these areas:

Community housing providerProperty locations
Anglicare SA

Elizabeth Grove, Elizabeth Vale and Woodville (and surrounding suburbs)

Community Housing LtdCentral Northern (including Northfield, Northgate and surrounding suburbs)
Common Ground Ltd (part of the housing Choices Australia Group)CBD & East (from Adelaide CBD and along the Torrens River Valley to Paradise)
Junction AustraliaMitchell Park, Fleurieu Peninsula and Morphettville ( and surrounding suburbs)
Unity Housing CompanyWestern Suburbs (Seaton, Findon and surrounding suburbs) and Limestone Coast (excludes Mount Gambier)

Information for tenants

The South Australian Housing Authority told transferring tenants about the community housing provider that was taking over the tenancy and property management of their home.

Throughout the transfer process South Australian Housing Authority Tenant Liaison Officers, community housing providers and Housing SA worked closely with transferring tenants and where appropriate, their carers and support services, outlining the transfer process and addressing any concerns they had.

The transfer of tenancy and property management does not change tenants’ rights and obligations. Tenancy agreements will remain unchanged.

Some properties in the identified transfer areas are excluded, including properties being purchased by tenants and some specialised housing programs.

If you have a complaint or need advice on a tenancy matter regarding your community housing provider, you should contact them in the first instance to discuss your concerns.  Further information is available at Disputes with your community housing provider.

Information for registrants

This project doesn't affect people who have registered for or are planning to register for public or community housing.

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