Public housing review
The NSW Government has asked the Independent Pricing and Review Tribunal of NSW to undertake an independent review of social and affordable housing rent models.
They are calling for submissions on a review of how rents are set for social and affordable housing tenants in NSW.
IPART’s recommendations will be provided to the NSW Government in June 2017. They are accepting submissions to the Issues Paper until 16 December 2016.
IPART are looking at:
- The affordability of rent
- How easy it is to understand how rent is set
- How much flexibility and choice tenants have
- The incentives for tenants to find paid work
- The equity of the system – eg, will households in similar circumstances receive equal assistance
- The efficiency of the system – eg, will it better meet the needs of the community and tenants, and deliver appropriate assistance to those who need it?
- The financial sustainability of the system.
- You can read the full terms of the investigation here.
Let the government know the arrangements for public housing tenants need to be fair by signing our submission to the Tribunal here.
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Re: Review of Social and Affordable Housing Rent Models
I am writing to express my strong view against any increases in rent or increases to financial contributions from public housing tenants. Public housing tenants are already on low incomes, and any additional costs will only increase the hardship faced by many.
I ask you to consider this submission when making your decision about the levels of rent paid by public housing tenants. Government should be investing in public housing to ensure that properties are well repaired and that there is more housing available so that people in need can receive help.