Also, for everyone's information.
Those in public housing aren't eligible for any of the rebates that the government offers.
Remember rain water tanks - nope.
Remember the free insulation - nope.
How about solar power or hot water - nope.
Those rebates are only available to private owners. Private tenants also have the option to negotiate with their landlords to benefit from them.
Now we did get insulation last year so that was a nice surprise.
Oh, and "floor coverings" are not included in public housing. With private rental, you expect carpet, tiles, lino, boards, something ... but in public housing it is bare concrete. Even when one tenant who installed their own carpet moves out, they are required to have it removed so the next tenant is back to bare concrete again.
If you have a child that grows up, leaves school, and gets a job, then the rent increases by 25% of their income, but you are the one liable for the payments not them. So if the child doesn't co-operate and pay their share of the rent then you might find yourself in severe financial straights. Also, this encourages working grown children in public housing to move out to cheaper accommodation rather than staying at home.
And finally, for those paying market rent - they are not eligible for rent assistance, which means they are financially worse off than those in the private housing market.
The benefits of public housing are:
* you don't have to pay the water bill (yet).
* you have only one inspection per year (as opposed to four in private rental).
* you have security of knowing you can stay where you are (unless you are in a five-bedroom home, or one deemed to have special features for disabled tenants - in which case you are subject to six-monthly reviews to ensure you still require that property, else you may be moved on to a different property so that yours is available for someone else with "special need").
* if your total household income is very low, rent is capped at 25% total household income.