Recent Housing Transfer Experience in Australia: Implications for Affordable Housing Industry Development

AHURI Final Report No. 273, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, doi:10.18408/ahuri-7108101

93 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2017

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Hal Pawson

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Chris Martin

City Futures Research Center

Kathleen Flanagan

Office of the School of Social Sciences

Rhonda Phillips

University of Queensland - Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)

Date Written: December 30, 2016

Abstract

Focusing primarily on public housing transfers in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, this Inquiry analysed the associated processes and frameworks to reveal the lessons learned. The case studies reveal aspects of transfer practices such as capturing Rent Assistance-enhanced revenues; the transfer of ‘management’ rather than freehold title; and the absence of a role for tenants. Financial modelling indicated that management transfers, where community housing providers are assured of cash flow from rents, may be a viable means for addressing moderate maintenance backlogs, enhancing community development and modestly expanding affordable housing portfolios.

Keywords: social housing, housing policy, public housing transfers, community housing providers, affordable housing industry, rent, rental, Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

JEL Classification: D61, H42, H43, I31, R31

Suggested Citation

Pawson, Hal and Martin, Chris and Flanagan, Kathleen and Phillips, Rhonda, Recent Housing Transfer Experience in Australia: Implications for Affordable Housing Industry Development (December 30, 2016). AHURI Final Report No. 273, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, doi:10.18408/ahuri-7108101. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2992389

Hal Pawson (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Chris Martin

City Futures Research Center ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Kathleen Flanagan

Office of the School of Social Sciences ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://rmdb.research.utas.edu.au/public/rmdb/q/indiv_detail_warp_trans/30533

Rhonda Phillips

University of Queensland - Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) ( email )

North 3 (Bldg 39A)
St Lucia, Queensland QLD 4072
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.issr.uq.edu.au/

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