The policy sets out how Housing SA manages situations where customers own or partly own residential property.

The policy applies to:

Owning or partly owning residential property may affect customers’ eligibility for Housing SA services.

Residential property

Housing SA won’t offer public or Aboriginal housing to customers who own or partly own residential property, except if they have exceptional circumstances in line with the Eligibility for housing policy.

People are considered to own or partly own residential property if either of the below apply:

  • they’re recorded on, or hold the title of, a residential property, for example Torrens, strata, community or moiety title
  • they have a valid form of lease or agreement for a dwelling sited on a title owned by someone else, for example a cabin sited on Crown land, a transportable home sited in a caravan park.

None of the below are considered to be residential property:

  • motor homes or caravans
  • vacant land
  • a dwelling that’s uninhabitable
  • property with a commercial use only, for example shop or office
  • land zoned for primary production that doesn’t have a habitable dwelling.

Tenants and other occupants who own or partly own residential property

Tenants may be in breach of their lease agreement, also known as the Conditions of Tenancy, if they or another occupant in their household owns or partly owns residential property.

If a tenant or other occupant owns or partly owns residential property, Housing SA may:

Related information

Controlling documents

This policy is based on and complies with:

Related policies and other documents

Date this policy applies from

1 March 2021

Version number


The online version of the policy is the approved and current version. There’s no guarantee any printed copies are current.