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Transfer policy

The purpose of this 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 relocation
  • 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, which have their own policies.

Approving a registration for transfer

Housing SA will approve a registration for transfer if the tenant can meet one or both of the below conditions:

  • they have 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.

Registration for transfer categories

Housing SA determines the category a registration for transfer will be placed in using a needs test.

Category 1

The tenant must meet both of the below conditions:

  • they are assessed as at risk - eg domestic abuse
  • their current home is unsuitable in the long term for at least one household member.

Transfers placed in Category 1 will be given a benefit date based on the date of approval into Category 1.

Category 2

The tenant must meet both of the below conditions:

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

Transfers placed in Category 2 will be given a benefit date based on the date of approval into Category 2.

Category 4

The tenant must meet both of the below conditions:

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

Transfers placed in Category 4 will have a benefit date based on one month for every year of their current tenancy.

If the tenant wants to transfer from a larger property to a cottage flat, an additional 18 months is added to benefit date.

If the tenant previously had the tenancy transferred to them under a same address transfer, an additional month is added to the benefit date 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 and vice versa.  

Tenants who are transferring to Aboriginal housing must also provide verification that they are 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 are eligible for Category 1.

These tenants 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 transfer won't be processed for tenants excluded from a property under the terms of an intervention order.

Bankrupt tenants

Tenants who have been declared bankrupt with a SAHT debt are only eligible to be approved for a transfer if they are eligible for Category 1.

Offering and allocating a tenant another property

Tenants who transfer to another SAHT property are starting a new tenancy, and will need to complete all the necessary documents - eg a property inspection form, a new lease agreement, also known as the Conditions of Tenancy.

Fixed term lease agreements

If the tenant has a fixed term lease agreement at their current property, Housing SA will carry out a lease review to determine how long the new fixed term lease agreement will be for. Housing SA carries this 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 related to:

  • rent
  • water use
  • electricity and gas
  • non-fair wear and tear maintenance.

Deposit and rent charges

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

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

For Aboriginal housing properties, the deposit is either:                    

  • $8 if the tenant is eligible for a reduced rent
  • $20 if the tenant will be paying a full rent.

Housing SA calculates rent in line with the Rent policy.

Related laws, policies and documents

Controlling documents

This policy is based on and complies with:

  • Conditions of Tenancy.

Supporting guidelines

  • Transfer guidelines v 18.2

Related policies and other documents

Date this policy applies from

30 May 2016

Version number

18.1

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


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