Contact us: 131 299

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

South Australian Housing Trust

Transfer policy

This policy sets out how and when public and Aboriginal housing tenants can register to transfer to another public or Aboriginal housing property.

Housing SA registers transfers on the housing register, and prioritises them based on the needs of the household.

This policy doesn’t apply to:

  • registrations for a transfer from disruptive tenants, or other people who have previously contributed to disruptive behaviour
  • transfers initiated by the South Australian Housing Trust (SAHT), also known as a relocations
  • transferring a lease agreement from one household member to another, also known as a same address transfer
  • tenants housed through specific purpose housing programs - eg Pathways Housing Program, Short Term Housing Program.

Approving a registration for transfer

Housing SA approves a registration for transfer if the tenant meets one or both of the below conditions:

  • they’ve lived in their present SAHT property for three years or more
  • they meet the needs test.

Tenants don’t need to provide proof of their identity. Household members who haven’t provided proof of their identity to Housing SA before will need to provide it when the tenant registers.

Categories

Housing SA uses a needs test to determine which Category a registration for a transfer’s placed in.

Category 1

The tenant must meet both of the below conditions:

  • they’re assessed as at risk
  • their current home is unsuitable in the long term for at least one household member.

Transfer registrations are placed in Category 1 based on the date they were approved for Category 1.

Category 2

The tenant must meet both of the below conditions:

  • they’re assessed as having at least one tenancy issue - eg they need to be closer to medical supports
  • their current home’s unsuitable in the long term for at least one household member.

Transfer registrations are placed in Category 2 based on the date they were approved for Category 2.

Category 4

The tenant must meet both of the below conditions:

  • they’ve lived in their present SAHT property for at least three years
  • they aren’t eligible for either Category 1 or 2.

Transfer registrations are placed in Category 4 based on the date they were approved, and are given a benefit of one month for every year of their current tenancy.

If the tenant wants to transfer from a larger property to a cottage flat, they’re given an additional benefit of 18 months.

If the tenant previously had the tenancy transferred to them under a same address transfer, they’re given an additional benefit of one month for every year they lived in the property as a household member before the same address transfer took place.

Transferring between public and Aboriginal housing

Tenants can transfer between public and Aboriginal housing.

Tenants who’re transferring to Aboriginal housing must confirm that they’re of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Special circumstances

Tenants with a probationary lease agreement

Tenants on a probationary lease agreement are only eligible to be approved for transfer if they’re eligible for Category 1.

They can only be offered a 12 month probationary lease agreement at the new property, regardless of how long is left of their current probationary lease agreement.

Intervention orders

New and existing registrations for a transfer won’t be processed if the tenant’s excluded from a property under the terms of an intervention order.

Debt to Housing SA

Tenants with a Housing SA debt can register for a transfer but are only offered housing if they’re either:

  • approved for  Category 1 or 2, and have kept a repayment arrangement in line with the Debt policy
  • in Category 4 and have repaid the debt in full.

Bankrupt with a debt to Housing SA

Tenants who’ve been declared bankrupt with a debt to Housing SA can register for a transfer but are only offered housing if either:

  • the bankruptcy’s discharged
  • they’re approved for Category 1.

Offering and allocating a tenant another property

Tenants who transfer to another property are starting a new tenancy, and need to complete all the necessary documents - eg a new lease agreement, an inspection form.

Fixed term lease agreements

If the tenant has a fixed term lease agreement at their current property, Housing SA carries out a lease review to determine how long the fixed term lease agreement at the new property will be for. Lease reviews are carried out in line with the Probationary and fixed term lease agreements policy.

What tenants can be charged for

Tenants are responsible for any charges at the property they are leaving in line with the Ending a public housing tenancy policy.

Deposit and rent charges

Before they move into the new property, tenants must pay one week’s rent in advance and a deposit.

For public housing properties, the deposit’s equal to one week’s rent.

For Aboriginal housing properties, the deposit’s either:

  • $8, if the tenant’s eligible for a subsidised rent
  • $20, if the tenant is paying a market rent.

Rent’s calculated in line with the Rent assessment policy.

Related laws, policies and documents

Controlling documents

This policy is based on and complies with:

  • Conditions of Tenancy

Related policies and other documents

Version number

19

Date this policy applies from

6 December 2017

Date this policy will be reviewed

6 December 2020

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

State Government of South Australia © Copyright DHS .


Provided by:
SA Department for Human Services
URL:
https://dhs.sa.gov.au/services/sa-housing-authority/housing-policies/managing-tenancies/transfer-policy
Last Updated:
05 Jul 2018
Printed on:
23 Jul 2018
The DHS website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence. © Copyright 2016