How is my rent calculated?

The rent you are charged and how it is calculated depends on whether your tenancy is managed under a social or an affordable housing program.

Social housing rents

Bridge Housing provides a rental subsidy to eligible households living in social housing. Bridge Housing charges rent in accordance with the NSW Community Housing Rent Policy.

The amount of rent you are charged depends on your individual and household circumstances. In general, tenants are charged at 25% of the household’s income plus 100% of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA).

Read our Paying Your Rent factsheet.

Read our Rent Policy.

pdf Read our How we calculate your rent brochure. (165 KB)

Affordable housing rents

Affordable housing is housing that is appropriate for the needs of a range of very low to moderate income households who are working. In general, housing is usually considered affordable if it costs less than 30% of a household’s gross income.

Bridge Housing manages a number of affordable housing properties under differing rent setting arrangements. In general rent is charged at 74.9% – 80% of the market rent for the area.

For tenants in affordable housing properties, an income eligibility review will be conducted annually to ensure tenants are eligible for the program prior to resigning a lease agreement.

Market rent for affordable housing properties is reviewed annually according to program requirements and tenant’s rents charged accordingly.

Read more about the different affordable housing programs.

Read our Affordable Housing Policy.

Income Changes

All tenants must notify Bridge Housing of any change in household income and/or family circumstances within 21 days of the change. Bridge Housing will then reassess your rent subsidy entitlement and/or eligibility based on this change.

Once your rent has been calculated, Bridge Housing will write to you and confirm your new rent charge and you will need to change your rent payments.

If you receive Centrelink payments you will also need to advise Centrelink of your change in income and/or family circumstances so your payments and Commonwealth Rent Assistance payments are reviewed.

Read our Changes to a Household factsheet.

How and when to pay rent

Bridge Housing charges rent to tenants on a weekly basis. All tenants must be two weeks in advance at all times to comply with their Residential Tenancy Agreement.

Bridge Housing tenants are encouraged to keep their rent account in advance at all times by paying directly through Centrelink. By doing this, tenants will avoid the risk of owing debt. 

Bridge Housing offers a range of ways for tenants to pay their rent:

  1. Centrepay is the easiest way for social housing tenants to pay directly to Bridge Housing from Centrelink

  2. Online - Pay your rent online securely through here
  3. By automatic bank transfer – contact Bridge Housing for your individual tenant number to pay directly to our bank account

  4. EFTPOS - over the phone or by visiting the Bridge Housing office


For enquiries in relation to refunds of overpaid rent or charges, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact our office on 02 8324 0800.

Rent Statements Online

You can view your Rent Statement online from MyBridge -Tenant Portal here. You will need to register in order to access the portal. 

Rent Review

Bridge Housing conducts rent reviews twice a year.

Rent reviews ensure that you are paying the right amount of rent based on your income and personal circumstances.

The current rent review began end of January 2019.

Tenants need to supply all documentation by 22 March 2019.

Any rent changes will apply from 8 April 2019.

For further information contact the Rent Review Team on:

(02) 8324 0800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.