Homes North expects tenants to personally occupy the premises at all times, however we understand there may be reasons for being absent from your home from time to time. Should this occur there are conditions around absences from your property that are set out below.
Acceptable reasons for your absence
Caring for sick or elderly family members
Hospitalisation, institutional care, nursing home care or rehabilitation
Escaping domestic violence, harassment or threats of violence
Assisting with immigration matters in your country of origin
Reasons affecting your employment, education or training
Being incarcerated (in prison)
Acceptable periods of absence:
An acceptable absence period is absence from your property for up to three months however absences of six weeks or longer you are required to obtain written approval from Homes North.
You cannot be absent for longer than 12 months (in total) over a five-year period.
It is always advisable to let your Housing Manager know you will be absent from the property, even if for only a short period of 1 -2 weeks.
How to apply for an Absence from Property (6 weeks or more)
Obtain written approval from Homes North to be away from the property for more than six weeks prior to leaving the property
The tenant must ensure they:
satisfy Homes North that the property will be properly maintained in their absence, mail collected etc.
all rent and non-rent accounts are paid up to date and rent and water charges will continue to be paid during the absence
provide documentation to support their absence, for example, passport, airline tickets showing the date of return, letter from respite services, notice of incarceration, and a contact address for both the tenant and if relevant, their agent
obtain approval even if other people will be staying in the home while the tenant is away. Only people who are registered on the tenant agreement are allowed to occupy your home while you are absent.
provide a nominated agent over the age of 18 years to act on your behalf while you are away
Failing to update Homes North of your absence:
If a tenant is absent without approval, or has stayed away for longer than the time approved, Homes North may decide to: