Visitors in public housing
There are restrictions on how long visitors can stay with you in your public housing property in the Northern Territory (NT).
Visitors to your home can stay for up to 14 days. Sometimes visitors may need to stay for cultural, medical, sporting or family reasons.
If you want a visitor to stay longer than 14 days, you must apply for permission from your local housing office.
To help you and your visitors understand the conditions for managing visitors in public housing, you can listen to the audio recordings and downloadable files in different languages below.
The number of visitors you can invite to stay depends on the number of people living in your house and the number of bedrooms you have.
To apply for permission for your visitor, you must follow these steps:
Step 1. Fill in the visitor extended stay form.
You must include the total number of visitors and each visitor's:
- name including other given names
- date of birth
- phone number
- current residential address
- length of stay
- reason for staying
- arrival date
- number of dependents if any.
Step 2. Submit your form to your local housing office.
Your application may not be approved if any of the following applies to your visitors:
- they could cause overcrowding
- they're former public housing tenants or occupants of a tenancy that was terminated by the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities in the last two years
- they can't prove they have a permanent home elsewhere.
What you can do
If your visitors cause problems, you can:
- ask them to leave
- call the NT Police on 131 444
- call your public housing safety officer on 1800 685 743
- contact your local housing office.
What the department can do
The department can ask your visitors to leave if:
- you don't want them to stay but find it hard to ask them to leave
- overcrowding is a concern
- your visitors are causing antisocial behaviour.
The department can also take the following legal steps:
- issue a notice to stop certain behaviours
- issue a notice for your visitors to leave
- issue a trespass order
- issue a notice of a breach of tenancy which you can show your visitors.
Listen below to find out conditions for visitors in your public housing home.
How long visitors can stay
How to apply for a visitor to stay
How many visitors can stay
Help to manage visitors
Why is there a time limit for visitors
When applications cannot be approved
When visitors cause overcrowding or become antisocial
Tenants in remote areas
Last updated: 24 September 2020
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