Can you get rent assistance for a non-permanent home?

John lives on a boat and wants to know if he is eligible for rent assistance.

Can you get rent assistance for a non-permanent home?

John lives on a boat and wants to know if he is eligible for rent assistance.

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Q. John
I understand Centrelink pays rent assistance for boat mooring. I live full time on a boat but can’t afford a permanent marina berth (who can?), so only stay in public marinas for one or two weeks a month. Is there any assistance for a pensioner who pays, maybe, $500 a month but not on a permanent basis?

A. Mooring rights, which are payable at regular intervals, are considered rent. Rent assistance will be payable if the rent threshold is exceeded.

You must pay a minimum amount of rent before you can be paid rent assistance. This minimum amount is called the rent threshold. 

The rent assistance threshold as at 20 September 2019 means that no rent assistance will be paid if the fortnightly rent is less that $123.20 for singles, or $199.40 for couple.

For every $1 of rent (or mooring rights in this case) that you pay in excess of the rent threshold you will receive $0.75 in rent assistance, up to a maximum amount of $138 for singles and $130 for each member of an eligible couple.

In your case, if we assume that you are single and paying $250 per fortnight in mooring rights, we deduct the threshold amount of $123.20 from the $250 to be left with $126.80, and then multiply that amount by $0.75. In this situation, you would be eligible for $95.10 in rent assistance, assuming you met all the other criteria.

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    Joyful56
    23rd Mar 2020
    11:40am
    I hope it's OK to post a questions - I'm living on my super (retired but not yet pension age)and caring for someone who didn't quality for a carer. I'm only getting just over the pension rate but still pay full price for services etc. Is there anything in the stimuli packages for people in my situation? TIA
    Joyful56
    23rd Mar 2020
    11:40am
    I hope it's OK to post a questions - I'm living on my super (retired but not yet pension age)and caring for someone who didn't quality for a carer. I'm only getting just over the pension rate but still pay full price for services etc. Is there anything in the stimuli packages for people in my situation? TIA
    Nnud
    23rd Mar 2020
    12:05pm
    All very well, and thanks.
    BUT, how does one claim this? Please don't tell me I have to phone Centrelink. I could be dead before I get an answer.
    older&wiser
    23rd Mar 2020
    12:30pm
    See my reply below. They had a form they had to fill in, the caravan park needed to verify it, and they would then drop it into the next Centrelink office they came across. Things may have changed, but this was 4 years ago.
    older&wiser
    23rd Mar 2020
    12:28pm
    Being an ex casual caravanner, there are plenty of pensioners who claim this rental assistance whilst living and travelling in their van.
    If they weren't a homeowner, they could be eligible for Rent Assistance - and their main home was a caravan, relocatable home, or a boat. So paying site or mooring fees. There’s a minimum amount of rent you need to pay each fortnight in order to receive Rent Assistance.
    As I never did it, I do not know figures, but basically they had to stay a minimum of a week in a caravan park in order to claim. I know they used to say it was a pain to claim, but well worth it in the long scheme of things.
    Hasbeen
    23rd Mar 2020
    1:29pm
    Go for a cruise up the Reef John.

    There are hundreds of creeks, bays & islands where you can anchor free for ever. You only need to go to a town to shop once a month or so, particularly if you like fish & shell fish. It is a great life style if you are fit & healthy


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