Private Rental Incentives FAQ - Information for Applicants

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Private Rental Incentives Frequently Asked Questions - Information for Applicants

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Overview

  • Applicants will be invited to this new private rental program in Tasmania from 29 May 2018.
  • Properties will be available for 12 month leases and rents will be affordable.
  • We will invite social housing applicants if we think that an affordable private rental might be a good option.
  • Not all social housing applicants will be invited. This is because affordable private rentals might not be the best type of housing for everyone.

This is an initiative funded by the Tasmanian government to help low income Tasmanians access the private rental market. Suitable Applicants will be invited to participate and can apply at Housing Connect from 29 May 2018.

Incentives will be offered to property owners to encourage them to make their private rental properties available and affordable to low income households. Properties are needed that are suitable for singles, couples or families across Tasmania.

This is a pilot and it is anticipated that 110 properties will be made available under this initiative by June 2019.

Who is eligible for a Private Rental Incentive property?

People who are 18 years or older, meet income eligibility thresholds for social housing, are listed on the Housing Register and are eligible to apply for a property.

How do I apply to be housed in one of these properties?

From 29 May 2018, Housing Tasmania will write to suitable applicants who are currently on the Housing Register to invite them to apply for the new initiative.  These people will need to contact Housing Connect to complete the application process.

If you think you may be suitable but you are not on the Housing Register or have not been invited to participate, then you should contact Housing Connect (but not before 29 May 2018) on 1800 800 588 to find out if you are eligible.

Why only 110 properties when more are needed?

As a pilot, it will commence with a small number of properties and tenants. The pilot will be reviewed in 2019.

I am on the Housing Register. Why do I have to complete another assessment with Housing Connect?

We need to obtain up to date information from you to ensure we have sufficient information to assess your housing needs, and to make sure the Private Rental Incentives initiative is right for you.

I am not on the Housing Register but I am a low income earner/Centrelink recipient and cannot find an affordable rental. Can I apply for housing in this initiative?

Yes. We suggest you contact Housing Connect on 1800 800 588 to discuss housing assistance that may be available to you. You may be eligible to apply for Private Rental Incentives.

I am a current tenant struggling to pay my rent. Can my owner or agent list the property under this initiative and lower my rent?

No. Existing tenancies are not eligible for the initiative.

My owner or agent wants to end my tenancy to list the property under this initiative. Is this possible?

No. Tenancies can only be ended for the reasons set out in the Residential Tenancy Act 1997.

I live in affordable rental now, but can the owner or agent decide not to renew my lease which is going to end soon, so they can list the property under this initiative?

Owners are allowed to not renew a lease at the end of a lease term date. They may do this for many reasons. Properties that are already being rented affordably are not eligible for the initiative.

What happens if I reject a property that is offered to me through this initiative?

As this initiative is considered to be a pilot, your Housing Register application will remain active.

If you have more than one Housing Register application, then each of them will remain active.

What happens if I accept an offered property?

If you are offered a property, you will sign a Tenancy Agreement with a Community Housing Provider for 12 months. You will pay a capped maximum rent which will vary depending on the size and location of the property you are offered.

What happens to my Social Housing Application if I accept a property under this initiative?

If you accept an offered property and you also have an active Social Housing Application, then your Social Housing Application will be cancelled as you will be securely housed.

Do I pay a bond?

Yes, you will be asked to pay a bond.

Will I be eligible for Private Rental Assistance?

Yes. You will be eligible to apply for Private Rental Assistance (PRA). Housing Connect can provide you with further information.

Will I get Commonwealth Rent Assistance?

You would need to contact Centrelink to discuss your eligibility, or check their web site.

Who do I contact if there is an issue during the term of the lease?

You may like to contactthe Community Housing Provider to discuss any concerns about the property or tenancy.

The following information may also help:

What happens to my lease after 12 months?

Pending any decision to extend the initiative beyond the pilot period, participation in the initiative will cease at the end of the 12-month tenancy.

If all parties agree a direct lease, one can be signed between you and the property owner at the end of your lease with the Community Housing Provider. This arrangement will be between the parties as per the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (Tas).

If the initiative extends beyond the pilot period then extensions to current participants may be negotiated.

Who do I contact for further information?

Further information about the Private Rental Initiatives is available from Housing Connect on 1800 800 588.