How to buy your public housing home


Not all public housing is for sale.

In some circumstances, some properties will be sold and if you are the current tenant you may be able to buy the property.

These pages have information for tenants who want to buy their public housing homes in:

  • Darwin
  • Alice Springs
  • Katherine
  • Tennant Creek
  • Nhulunbuy.

If you live remotely

Find out more about how to apply to buy your remote public housing home.

What is not for sale

Public housing that will not be sold includes homes:

  • that are under 10 years old
  • are in a good location and in good condition
  • in high demand
  • that have future redevelopment potential
  • leased to or from a third party.

What you can buy

A set of guidelines is used to help decide what properties may be offered for sale.

This may include:

  • its location relative to services, shops, facilities and transport
  • the age and condition of property
  • the level of concentration of public housing in that area
  • demand for that particular type of house or unit
  • if it is suitable for priority housing or tenants with complex needs
  • if has future redevelopment potential
  • whether it could contribute to home ownership and affordable rental schemes.

What a house will cost

The price of a house is based on how much it would be worth on the open market in its current condition and is assessed by an independent valuer.

It you want to apply to buy your house, you should talk to the following people for advice first:

  • a financial advisor or mortgage broker
  • real estate agents
  • banks/credit unions.

You can also find helpful information on websites such as the Australian Government's Moneysmart website.

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Last updated: 22 October 2015

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