The policy sets out how Housing SA manages situations where customers have an interest in residential property.
The policy applies to:
- people registering their interest in public or Aboriginal housing in line with the Eligibility for housing policy
- tenants and other occupants living in public or Aboriginal housing
- people applying for help paying bond and rent in line with the Private Rental Assistance Program policy
Having a registered interest in residential property may affect customers’ eligibility for Housing SA services.
Housing SA won’t offer public or Aboriginal housing to customers with an interest in residential property, except if they have exceptional circumstances in line with the Eligibility for public housing policy.
People are considered to have an interest in 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 with an interest in 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 has an interest in residential property.
If a tenant or other occupant has an interest in residential property, Housing SA may:
- end the tenancy in line with the Ending a public housing tenancy policy
- ask them to dispose of their interest in the property at any time, for example selling it, having their name removed from the title
- charge market rent in line with the Rent policy
- offer a shorter term lease agreement in line with the Probationary and fixed term lease agreements policy, for example while they dispose of their interest in the property
- regularly review the tenant’s eligibility for public or Aboriginal housing
This policy is based on and complies with:
Related policies and other documents
- Conditions of Tenancy
Date this policy applies from
14 April 2020
The online version of the policy is the approved and current version. There’s no guarantee any printed copies are current.