Everyone living in public housing must pay rent.
It is a condition of your tenancy and important so you can stay living in your home.
You will pay the lower of either:
- The property market rent – this is what the property would rent for in the private market
- A rebated rent – this is a reduced amount based on 25 per cent of your household income.
Most households in public housing pay a rebated rent because of low income. Read more about market and rebated rent.
Your rent amount is fixed for up to 26 weeks and reviewed in February and August. Your rent will stay the same between review dates, even if your household income goes up.
If your income goes down, you can apply to reduce your rent payments immediately.
Either way, always tell your local office right away if your income changes.
Each review may change the rent you pay in future. If this happens, we will write to let you know your new rent amount.
You need to pay your rent at least one week in advance.
There are three ways that you can pay. See Paying your rent to find out.
Your rent helps maintain and make public housing safer.
In 2015-16, your rent contributed to:
- 286,000 repair jobs
- 70,025 phone calls to keep in touch with older tenants and make sure they are okay
- More than $254 million in home maintenance and upgrades
- $17.3 million of grounds and estate maintenance
- $2.3 million in major modifications to help people with disabilities.