The costs that public housing tenants are responsible for. Market rent and rental rebates Everyone living in public housing must pay a rental amount. It may be market rent or you may be eligible for a rental rebate which is an amount lower than your market rent and is based on your household income. Fixed rent Your rent amount is fixed for up to 26 weeks and reviewed in February and August. Paying rent There are four ways that you can pay your rent. Utilities As a public housing tenant, you are responsible for how much gas, electricity and water your household uses.