Help to get into private rental

Last updated: 10 November 2014

These services may be able to help you get into private rental through bond loans and help paying rent.

Bond loans

Bond Loan Scheme

If you want to rent privately but need help paying a bond, we may be able to give you an interest-free loan.

Bond loans are only available to eligible people moving into private rental in Victoria.

For more information, see Bond loan scheme.

Housing Establishment Fund

Some community organisations provide bond loans through the Housing Establishment Fund (HEF).

This fund is a program that provides financial help to eligible people with a housing-related hardship.

HEF is jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian governments under the National Affordable Housing Agreement.

You can apply for HEF through a community organisation. There's a list of service providers on our departmental website and the Infoxchange Service Seeker website.

Help paying rent

Commonwealth Rent Assistance

Private renters that get Centrelink payments may be eligible for rent assistance from the Australian Government.

This excludes people living in public housing but includes other types of rental accommodation, such as community housing.

For more information, go to Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

Housing Establishment Fund

As well as bond loans, HEF may help eligible people with rent arrears, paying rent in advance, removal costs or accessing emergency short term accommodation.

You can apply for HEF through a community organisation. There's a list of service providers on our departmental website and the Infoxchange Service Seeker website.

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