Rent Assistance DebtsBefore I show you how to change your arrangements I have some news for all Centrelink clients who have had a Rent Assistance debt calculated against them for claiming more than the total rent on the lease.
An example of this is where:
- Two people rent a property and the lease states that the rent is $200.00 pw.
- The leaseholder then makes the non-leaseholder pay $130.00 pw and then claims that they also pay $100.00 pw.
However, it is Centrelinks' policy to waive this type of debt (up until the date of the current review - when the error was noticed by Centrelink) if:
- a client had previously advised Centrelink prior to 5 March 2001 that they share accommodation, and
- a review had not been conducted since then.