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Information for tenants
What is NRAS? Who is eligible to rent an NRAS property? How can I apply to rent an NRAS property? Who manages the NRAS tenancy? What are the income limits for NRAS tenants? What rights do I have as a tenant? More information

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What NRAS?
The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS or the Scheme) is a long term commitment by the Australian Government to invest in affordable rental housing. NRAS provides people on a low to moderate income with an opportunity to rent homes at a rate that is at least 20 per cent below market value rent. NRAS homes are not social housing — they are affordable rental homes. Homes can range from studio apartments right through to family homes, and are located where affordable rental accommodation is most needed, especially in areas where employment, schools and other services are available nearby. NRAS homes may be rented for up to 10 years. NRAS tenants have the same rights given to tenants under the relevant residential tenancy law in the State or Territory where the property is located. New NRAS homes (a total of 50,000) will continue to become available for rent up to June 2016. However, considering there is a great demand for these properties, there is no guarantee that all eligible applicants will be able to rent one.

Who is eligible to rent an NRAS property?
NRAS rental homes are available to low and moderate income Australians – people who may find it hard to pay market rental rates. To be eligible to rent an NRAS property, potential tenants: will need to provide written evidence of their gross income, both with their initial application and every year afterwards to the tenancy manager must not exceed the income limits for their household composition. All income of the tenants of an NRAS rental property go towards the overall household income for that property.

How can I apply to rent an NRAS property?
The Australian Government does not select or manage NRAS tenancies. You can apply to rent an NRAS property through an NRAS approved participant or their tenancy manager (in your State or Territory). If you live in Queensland, you will have to apply to join the Queensland Government’s One Social Housing Register (http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/housing/housing-services/renting-in-the-private-market/national-rental-affordability-scheme/informationfor-prospective-tenants) .

Who manages the NRAS tenancy?
NRAS tenancy managers are selected by the NRAS approved participant and may be an estate agent, a housing organisation or other approved manager. An NRAS approved participant may also manage tenancies itself rather than engaging a third party to do so. The NRAS tenancy manager is required to perform functions such as: assessing initial and ongoing tenant eligibility through appropriate written evidence, such as payslips, employer contact details etc, and determining the gross household income for the 12 months prior to the day on which the household would become tenants maintaining waiting lists for NRAS homes determining the rents charged to tenants providing appropriate property management and maintenance functions managing the ongoing tenancy.

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285 Sole parent with one child 62. that is.770 Couple with one child 76.856 Couple with two children 91. This does not mean that you will be evicted necessarily. if your annual household income exceeds the applicable household income limit by 25 per cent or more in two consecutive years. indexed thresholds is available below. In other States or Territories. which will be subject to the laws of the State or Territory in which the property is located.fahcsia. Information on current. If you are unable to resolve an issue: you are encouraged to contact the relevant State or Tenancy agency which is responsible for administering residential tenancy laws you can also find tenant advisory services in your State or Territory. They require this information to satisfy the Australian Government that they continue to meet all conditions of allocation under the Scheme in relation to your rental dwelling. you should sign a rental agreement or lease.727 Couple with three children 106. current levels are different to the figures that were initially specified in the Regulations.028 Sole parent with two children 76. The approved participant will request an annual income statement. The 2012-13 household income eligibility limits are: Household composition One adult Household income limit ($) 44. If you have any problems with your tenancy. Your continuing eligibility needs to be assessed each year by the approved participant. they mayalso request other information.985 Three adults 79. Housing.gov. As with any rental property. www.au.au/our-responsibilities/housing-support/programs-services/national-rental-affordability-scheme/information-for-tenants 2/3 .835 Two adults 61.qld. it just means that the approved participant will no longer be entitled to incentives under the Scheme in relation to your rental dwelling. income from dividends or interest.135 Four adults 96. only income earned from investing the lump sum would be assessed as income. Note that because these levels are subject to indexation. a household is considered to be all tenants of the dwelling. There is no asset test in determining tenant eligibility. What rights do I have as a tenant? All NRAS approved participants must comply with the residential tenancy law and tenancy and property management regulations in the State or Territory in which the property is located. you will cease to be an eligible tenant.gov. You will still have rights under your lease and the residential tenancy laws of your State or Territory. the income of all residents will be included in the gross income as a member of the household.899 Sole parent with three children 91. Therefore. except for tenants in Queensland. you should first speak with your tenancy manager. For NRAS purposes. For more information contact the Department of Communities (Housing and Homelessness Services) on 1300 880 882 or email the Department of Housing Queensland at nras@housing. including your type of work and number and ages of people living in the house.598 After you have commenced tenancy in an NRAS dwelling. Community Services and Indigenous Affairs What are income limits for NRAS tenants? The gross income limits for eligible households to rent NRAS homes are specified in the NRAS Regulations. where a tenant receives a one-off lump sum payment (for example.6/12/13 Information for tenants | Australian Government Department Families. a lottery win or inheritance).

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