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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 4 July 2022

Maximum gross weekly income (before tax)
HouseholdModerate income limit30% limitSubsidy eligibility limit
Household members (regardless of relationship)
Single adult$880$1,100$1,645
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $235Add $294Add $435
First child (under 18 years)Add $175Add $219Add $330
Each additional child (under 18 years)Add $120Add $150Add $220
Examples of types of households
Single adult$880$1100$1,645
Single + 1 child$1,055$1,319$1,975
Single + 2 children$1,175$1,469$2,195
Single + 3 children$1,295$1,619$2,415
Single + 4 children$1,415$1,769$2,635
Couple$1,115$1,394$2,080
Couple + 1 child$1,290$1,613$2,410
Couple + 2 children$1,410$1,763$2,630
Couple + 3 children$1,530$1,913$2,850
Couple + 4 children$1,650$2,063$3,070

Lease review limits

Table 2. Lease review income limits from 4 July 2022

HouseholdMaximum gross income (before tax)
weekly
Household members (regardless of relationship)
First adult (Single)$1100
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $294
First child (under 18 years)Add $219
Each additional child (under 18)Add $150
Examples of types of households
Single (first adult)$1100
Single + 1 child$1,319
Single + 2 children$1,469
Single + 3 children$1,619
Single + 4 children$1,769
Couple$1,394
Couple + 1 child$1,613
Couple + 2 children$1,763
Couple + 3 children$1,913
Couple + 4 children$2,063
Allowances
Disability Allowance (per person)Add $115
Exceptional Disability Allowance (per person)Add $260

Rentstart Move limits

Table 3. Rentstart Move income limits from 4 July 2022

HouseholdMaximum gross weekly income (before tax)
Household members (regardless of relationship)
Single adult$1,645
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $435
First child (under 18)Add $330
Each additional child (under 18)Add $220
Examples of types of households
Single adult$1,645
Single + 1 child$1,975
Single + 2 children$2,195
Single + 3 children$2,415
Single + 4 children$2,635
Couple$2,080
Couple + 1 child$2,410
Couple + 2 children$2,630
Couple + 3 children$2,850
Couple + 4 children$3,070

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: 30 Jun 2022