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Income limits for rent subsidy, lease review and Rentstart Move

Household income limits are a range of income thresholds that help to determine whether:

  • a household is eligible for a rent subsidy and what percentage of their income is paid as rent
  • at lease review, a household is eligible for a lease extension
  • a tenant leaving public housing after a lease review is eligible for Rentstart Move assistance.

The maximum income eligibility limit for any household type can be determined by adding together the income eligibility amounts for each adult and first child and any additional adults or children in the household.

Rent subsidy limits

Table 1. Rent subsidy income limits from 6 July 2020

Maximum gross weekly income (before tax)
HouseholdModerate income limit30% limitSubsidy eligibility limit
Household members (regardless of relationship)
Single adult$830$1038$1,545
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $220Add $275Add $410
First child (under 18 years)Add $165Add $206Add $310
Each additional child (under 18 years)Add $115Add $144Add $205
Examples of types of households
Single adult$830$1038$1,545
Single + 1 child$995$1,244$1,855
Single + 2 children$1,110$1,388$2,060
Single + 3 children$1,225$1,532$2,265
Single + 4 children$1,340$1,676$2,470
Couple$1,050$1,313$1,955
Couple + 1 child$1,215$1,519$2,265
Couple + 2 children$1,330$1,663$2,470
Couple + 3 children$1,445$1,807$2,675
Couple + 4 children$1,560$1,951$2,880

Lease review limits

Table 2. Lease review income limits from 6 July 2020

HouseholdMaximum gross income (before tax)
weekly
Household members (regardless of relationship)
First adult (Single)$1038
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $275
First child (under 18 years)Add $206
Each additional child (under 18)Add $144
Examples of types of households
Single (first adult)$1038
Single + 1 child$1,244
Single + 2 children$1,388
Single + 3 children$1,532
Single + 4 children$1,676
Couple$1,313
Couple + 1 child$1,519
Couple + 2 children$1,663
Couple + 3 children$1,807
Couple + 4 children$1,951
Allowances
Disability Allowance (per person)Add $105
Exceptional Disability Allowance (per person)Add $245

Rentstart Move limits

Table 3. Rentstart Move income limits from 6 July 2020

HouseholdMaximum gross weekly income (before tax)
Household members (regardless of relationship)
Single adult$1,545
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $410
First child (under 18)Add $310
Each additional child (under 18)Add $205
Examples of types of households
Single adult$1,545
Single + 1 child$1,855
Single + 2 children$2,060
Single + 3 children$2,265
Single + 4 children$2,470
Couple$1,955
Couple + 1 child$2,265
Couple + 2 children$2,470
Couple + 3 children$2,675
Couple + 4 children$2,880

What if I don’t agree with the decision?

If you believe we made the wrong decision, you should first discuss your concerns with a client service officer. You can also ask to have the decision reviewed. To do this, fill in the Review of Decisions (First Tier Appeal) Application form available online or you can access a copy of this form at your local DCJ Housing office.

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Last updated: 29 Jun 2020