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Housing

There is a range of service and support to assist people to find a home to rent in Tasmania.

Finding a home

Assistance for refugees / former humanitarian entrants

Several Tasmanian organisations can help refugees/ former humanitarian entrants find appropriate accommodation on-arrival to Tasmania.  They can also help people find secure, stable, affordable and appropriate longer term accommodation.

Homelessness, emergency and long term accommodation

Housing Connect is the one-stop shop for all your housing and support needs. One assessment for everything from emergency accommodation to a long-term home.

Housing Connect can help you with:

  • applying for social housing
  • support and advice with your private rental, including bond and rent arrears, and bond assistance
  • finding a bed for the night
  • support and advice on how to stay in your home
  • seeking assistance following family violence
  • information and advice on your housing options

Housing Connect is where you now apply for Housing Tasmania, Better Housing Futures and other community housing. Tasmania has united its housing and support organisations to work side-by-side on Housing Connect.

Five organisations – Anglicare, Centacare, Colony 47, Hobart City Mission and Salvation Army (Tasmania) – will deliver the collaborative new system for the Tasmania Government.

  • Housing Connect (Statewide)
    Phone: 1800 800 588
    Email housingconnect@dhhs.tas.gov.au
  • Housing Connect (South)
    North Hobart: 446 Elizabeth Street
    Rosny: Suites 3 & 4, 13 Bayfield Street
  • Housing Connect (North)
    Launceston: 118 Elizabeth Street
  • Housing Connect (North West)
    Devonport: 31 King Street
    Burnie: 6 Strahan Street
    Queenstown: West Coast Crisis Service, 11 Sticht Street
    Smithton: Wyndarra Centre, 43 Smith Street

Housing Tasmania

If you need public or community housing you no longer go to Housing Tasmania, you must go to Housing Connect for help.

  • South   
  • 446 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart   
  • Suites 3 & 4, 13 Bayfield Street, Rosny         
  • North   
  • 118 Elizabeth Street, Launceston    
  • North West   
  • 31 King Street, Devonport   
  • 6 Strahan Street, Burnie  
  • West Coast Crisis Service, 11 Sticht Street, Queenstown  
  • Wyndarra Centre, 43 Smith Street, Smithton

Renting

The Tenants’ Union of Tasmania provides advice about renting public and private housing in Tasmania.

Sources of rental properties

Some rental properties and share houses are advertised in the newspapers:

Applying for a rental property

Landlords and agents often require personal information when assessing someone’s suitability as a tenant. An applicant can choose not to disclose requested information but it may put them at a disadvantage. Discrimination based on age, race, religion, parental status, sexual orientation, gender, disability or irrelevant criminal record is against the law. A landlord/agent does not have to give a reason for rejecting an application so it may be difficult to know if discrimination has occurred, but if you think there has been discrimination contact:

Bonds and Rental Deposit Authority

Bonds are held by the Rental Deposit Authority rather than the landlord. The maximum allowable amount of bond is four times the weekly rent. Bond cannot be charged for boarding premises. For tenants finding it difficult to raise the bond, assistance is available from organisations offering bond assistance.

When renting from an agent, the bond can be paid directly to the agent and they will lodge it with the Rental Deposit Authority. Otherwise tenants need to get a Bond Lodgement form signed by the landlord and take it with the bond amount to a Service Tasmania branch, or post it to:

  • Rental Deposit Authority
    GPO Box 1244
    Hobart TAS 7001

A receipt will show the bond payment, which may need to be shown to the landlord to access the property.  For more information about bonds and renting visit: