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 Department of 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.
How many visitors are allowed
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.
How to apply
To apply for permission for your visitor you must follow these steps:
Step 1. Fill in the visitor extended stay form.
Include the following details of people staying with you:
- number of visitors
- names, including other given names
- date of birth
- phone number
- current residential address
- how long they are staying
- reason for staying
- arrival date of visitors
- number of dependents with visitor.
Step 2. Submit your application to your local housing office.
When you can't apply
Your application may not be approved if any of the following apply to your visitors:
- they could cause overcrowding
- they are former public housing tenants or occupants of tenancy that was terminated by the Department of Housing in the last two years
- they cannot prove they have a permanent home elsewhere
- they owe money to the department.
If your visitors cause problems
What you can do
Any of the following:
- ask them to leave
- call the NT Police on 131 444
- call your public housing safety officer on 1800 685 743
- contact your housing office.
What the department can do
The department can ask your visitors to leave for any of the following reasons:
- 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.
Indigenous language recordings
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
Fact sheets in other languages
Last updated: 27 June 2017