The department owns a limited number of properties that have access for people who use wheelchairs, or have five or more bedrooms and were built to house large families.
To ensure that these types of properties are available for people who require the specific features (such as wheelchair access or five or more bedrooms), tenants who live in these properties will have their circumstances reviewed regularly.
What if I live in one of these properties now?
If you live in a property with five or more bedrooms, you will need to demonstrate that you still need such a large property.
If you live in a wheelchair accessible property, you will need to demonstrate that the person requiring wheelchair accessibility is still living in the property, or stays there frequently.
If you have demonstrated that you still need the specific features of the property, you will not be required to move. However your household circumstances will be regularly reviewed to ensure that you still require five or more bedrooms or wheelchair accessibility.
What if I can't demonstrate I still need this property?
If you don't need a property with five or more bedrooms or a wheelchair accessible property anymore, the department will record this information.
If there is someone on the housing register who does need the specific features of the property you are living in, the department will talk with you about transferring to another departmental property.
You will not be asked to move until there is a person on the housing register who needs the property you are living in.
What happens if I am asked to transfer to another property?
The department will offer you alternative social housing to suit your housing needs.
What if I cannot afford to move or have made improvements to the property?
The department may provide financial assistance with relocation costs such as moving costs or reconnection of services.
If you have made improvements to the property, the department may consider reimbursing you for these provided the improvements had prior approval from the department, were undertaken by a qualified contractor and add value to the property for the department's purposes. Any tenant-owned improvements can be removed by the tenant, provided that the property is reinstated to its original condition.
Need more information?
Please contact your nearest Housing Service Centre.