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New policy to support tenants with disability and their co-resident carers

6 Jul 2020

On Monday 6 July 2020 Access Housing put into effect the new Co-Resident Carer Rent Policy.

The policy incentivises people to become or remain a co-resident carer for people with disability who are living in social or Community Housing and incentivises social and Community Housing tenants with disability to seek a co-resident carer.

Under current rental policy, Access Housing tenants pay 25%* or 30%* of the household’s assessable income in rent. This includes all the assessable income of a co-resident carer. But under the new Co-Resident Carer Rent Policy, an approved co-resident carer will have their contributable rent capped at the current full rate of the Carer Payment, regardless of their total income that would otherwise be considered assessable under general rent setting policy. This ensures that the household rent remains affordable for the tenant, who is ultimately responsible for ensuring rent is paid.

To be considered a co-resident carer of an Access Housing tenant, carers must live in an Access Housing property and provide on-going care for the tenant they live with. For more information on who is considered a co-resident carer under this policy, click here to read our co-resident carer policy information sheet.

Tenants who think they may be eligible to have the Co-Resident Carer Rent Policy applied to their tenancy should not delay in contacting Access Housing.

If you would like more information, or if you would like to discuss whether the Co-Resident Carer Rent Policy is applicable to your tenancy, please contact your Tenancy Officer or our Rent Review Team on 9534 0400 or email rentreview@accesshousing.org.au.

*Band A households will have their assessable income capped at 25% and Band B households will have their assessable income capped at 30% as per our general rent setting policy.