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Rental payments in SDA

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) residency agreement

Residents can only be asked to pay 30 days’ rent in advance. You and the resident can agree in the lease agreement for the rent to be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Residents can choose to pay their rent by a fee-free method and have the option of paying rent by Centrepay.

Before they choose a certain payment method, you must tell them about any fees they may incur by using that method.

Residents can ask for a receipt when they pay the rent. If they pay you directly, you must give the resident a receipt straight away.

Residential tenancy agreement

You and the resident can agree in the lease agreement for the rent to be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

If the resident pays rent weekly, you cannot ask for more than 14 days’ rent in advance. If the resident pays fortnightly or monthly, you can only ask for one month’s rent in advance, unless the weekly rent is more than:

  • $350 (if the resident is on a fixed-term agreement of five years or less) or
  • $760 (if the resident is on a fixed-term agreement of more than five years).

For more information, view our Rent responsibilities and increases section.

Reasonable rent contribution

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2016 allow for reasonable rent contribution (RRC) that you can receive from residents.

If a resident receives the disability support pension, their RRC cannot exceed:

  • 25 per cent of the basic rate of the disability support pension
  • plus 25 per cent of any pension supplement they receive
  • plus 25 per cent of any youth disability supplement they receive
  • plus all Commonwealth rent assistance they receive.

If a resident does not receive the disability support pension, their RRC cannot exceed:

  • 25 per cent of the basic rate of the disability support pension
  • plus all Commonwealth rent assistance they receive.