Debt and your FACS Housing property
Last published 15 Jan 2018
All FACS Housing tenants are expected to pay rent, water, tenant damage repairs, and any former tenancy debts.
Former tenants are also expected to repay debts (or enter into an agreement to repay) before being approved for further housing assistance.
For more information, see specific conditions for former social housing tenants or occupants in the Social Housing Eligibility and Allocations Policy Supplement
What to do when you have been advised you have a debt with FACS Housing
If a partial payment or no payment is made to FACS Housing, we will contact you to advise you that your account is in arrears and organise repayment. You can choose to pay the amount in full or arrange to pay by instalments.
You can go to your local FACS Housing office to discuss a repayment plan with your Client Service Officer (CSO), including how much you’ll repay each time and how often. We will look at your income and arrange an amount that is affordable for you within a reasonable timeframe. FACS Housing staff can also put you in touch with a support and/or financial counselling service to help.
How to begin debt repayments
After you have confirmed the repayment amount with your local FACS Housing office there are various ways you can repay the debt. Your payment options include several online methods, BPAY and Centrelink deductions, as well as through your MyHousing account.
MyHousing is an online system that lets you access a range of FACS services, including managing your Housing account, viewing your personal information, and checking your debt balance. To use MyHousing, you need to register (create an account).
Speak to your CSO for more information about your repayment options.
What to do when you cannot afford a debt repayment arrangement
You should contact your CSO immediately and discuss what options are available to you. We can also refer you to a support service to help you with financial options.
Support services and financial counselling
There are many government and non-government support services that can help by providing advice, support, financial counselling and budget planning. To locate a service near you go to HSNet or Ask Izzy. You can also find a service in your area through the Financial Counsellors' Association of NSW directory of financial counsellors.
What to do if the debt is due to domestic and family violence
If you are experiencing domestic and family violence and feel that you are not safe in your home, it's important to seek help. In cases of emergency please call Triple Zero 000.
Domestic and family violence can take many forms including physical violence, property damage, and financial control.
If your property is damaged or you fall into arrears, you can talk to FACS Housing about your situation. Tenants may not be responsible for damage incurred by a criminal act committed by someone else. FACS Housing will ask you for a Police Event number, police statement or other evidence to verify that you are not responsible for the damage.
If you want to change or end your tenancy due to domestic and family violence, please talk to your CSO as soon as possible.
Tenants NSW's domestic violence factsheet offers further information on tenancy rights in a domestic and family violence situation.
What to do when you disagree with the debt
If you disagree with the debt amount or believe the debt is incorrect you can go to your local FACS Housing office and ask for a formal review of the decision. Generally you have 3 months to request an appeal from the date of the original decision. For more details on appeal timeframes see the Client Service Delivery and Appeals Policy.