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How to find housing

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How to find housing

Here is a simple step-by-step guide to find private rental housing that will suit your budget, needs and preferences.

Here are some things to consider before you begin:

  • Do I have enough money to move?
  • How will I move all of my belongings?
  • What can I afford?
  • Do I have enough money to live on my own or will I need to share?
  • Where do I want to live?
  • Are shops, work and places to eat close by?
  • Are sports and leisure activities close by?
  • Do I need to be close to friends and family who can provide support?
  • Will I have access to community services that I may need?
  • What is local public transport like?

What sort of residence will I need?

  • How many bedrooms will I need?
  • Will my residence need to be physically accessible for myself or others?
  • Does it have stairs?
  • Are the doorways wide enough for a wheelchair etc.
  • Do I have enough furniture to move into an unfurnished residence?
  • Do I need particular floor coverings according to my mobility needs?

What sort of housing am I eligible for?

  • Public housing
  • Community housing
  • Private rental.

If Government housing is not suitable or available for you, then your next step is to look for housing through private rental. This can be a much more expensive means of accommodation, and you must evaluate your finances to ensure that you are able to afford a rental property.

How to apply for private rental
How can you find private rental properties? You can search for private rental properties by either visiting the real estate offices in your area or by searching on the internet.

Each real estate office will have a list of private rentals in their area - this list is updated as often as every few hours - much more frequently than the internet.

Finding private rental properties online

  • Go to if you are in Australia
  • Click on the "Rent" tab at the top of the page
  • Choose your State on the map of Australia
  • Enter suburb name(s) or select suburbs from the list provided that you are interested in
  • Select a weekly price range from the list provided, or enter a weekly price range
  • Select the number of bedrooms you need to have in your rental property, from the list provided
  • Select the property type from the list provided (i.e. house, unit etc.) - explanations of the different types of housing are provided by clicking on the link titled "Property Type Definitions"
  • Click "Start Your Search" to view the results.

How can I view a private rental property
There are several ways you can arrange to view a property you are interested in:

  • You can inspect the property yourself but you'll often need to provide photo ID and a deposit to get a key from the real estate
  • The property owner may like to meet you, so they can supervise your inspection
  • Sometimes the existing tenant may be able to show you through the property
  • An open house may be arranged if there are multiple people interested in a property



References and further information

This is an excerpt from an ABIOS (Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service) fact sheet. Visit for the full fact sheet. ABIOS is a specialist community-based rehabilitation service to enhance the
service system for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and their families.


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