Introduction

You can apply for assistance to help you set up and maintain a tenancy in the private rental market through Housing Pathways.

While many options are available, each option has different eligibility requirements. Generally, with a few exceptions, you need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and a resident of NSW.

  • Rent Choice is a private rental subsidy that helps you pay the rent for up to 3 years. Financial assistance may be available if:
    • you've had a major financial setback like illness, or you've lost your job
    • you're escaping domestic and family violence
    • you're a war veteran, or
    • you're a young person aged 16 – 24 who is homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Rentstart Bond Loan is an interest-free loan that covers part or all of the rental bond for eligible clients moving into a private rental.
  • Advance Rent is for clients moving into private rental accommodation where no bond is required. It is for Rentstart Bond Loan recipients only, and covers key money, a security deposit or rent in advance.
  • Tenancy Assistance provides up to 4 weeks rent to cover unpaid rent and/or unpaid water charges. It may only be offered once in a 12-month period.
  • Tenancy Guarantee offers an incentive to landlords and agents to rent to people who are having difficulties getting into the private rental market. Up to $1500 is made available to cover unpaid rent and/or property damage over and above the rental bond.
  • Private Rental Brokerage service provides one-to-one help for eligible clients with complex needs, to assist them in finding and keeping a private rental.

To apply for housing assistance you can:

  • fill out an application form online
  • call the Housing Contact Centre on 1800 422 322 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you'd like to discuss more housing assistance options, visit your local housing office.

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