As demand for Housing SA housing is very high there is a waiting list for people applying for housing and for current Housing SA tenants requesting a transfer. The waiting list is divided into four categories, with applications placed into the category which best reflects the urgency of housing need:
- Category 1: applicants in urgent need of housing (e.g. homeless) and are unable to access private rental housing options. Housing SA tenants who have urgent reasons for requiring relocation may also be placed in this category.
- Category 2: applicants who have high housing needs and who face long term barriers to accessing other housing options. Housing SA tenants whose current housing is unsuitable in the long term may also be placed in this category.
- Category 3: applicants who pass the income and assets test but do not have a high housing need (as per Categories 1 or 2).
- Category 4: Housing SA tenants requesting a transfer to another Housing SA property for personal preference reasons.
Housing SA's stock of housing in some localities is limited, which can mean longer waiting times for those areas.
An applicant’s refusal of a second offer of housing will result in their application being deferred for two years, reverting to the bottom of the category or being moved into another category on the waiting list.
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