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Housing FAQs

How can you apply for the vacant rental properties?

Any business or organisation can apply through LJ Hooker Nhulunbuy.

Email: nhulunbuy@ljh.com.au

Contact no: (08) 8987 8103

The application must demonstrate all the relevant criteria within the guidelines have been met. Applicants need to look at the private market first and will only be approved if comparable alternative accommodation is not currently available.

Tenancy agreements will be with employers as housing will be available for businesses to accommodate those holding jobs in the community.

Where can I obtain application forms?

Application forms are available here.

Hard copies can be obtained from the local LJ Hooker Nhulunbuy office at Endeavour Square.

Email: nhulunbuy@ljh.com.au

Contact no: (08) 8987 8103

How are applications assessed?

In assessing individual applications, several sources of information are considered including;

  • The details supplied in the application form
  • Evidence of your research of the private market including feedback from local real estate agents, advertisements on local noticeboards, newspapers real estate ads and online property rental sites
  • Compliance with relevant regulations
  • Any supplementary information or evidence requested from the applicant.

DEAL only let its properties to employing entities – company, incorporated association or government agency – and applications by other businesses entities (such as sole traders) may be considered by exception.

The premises must be primarily used for staff accommodation purposes and there will be an expectation that you can demonstrate that your business:

  • Is registered; and
  • Is not primarily operating out of the DEAL property; and
  • Has reasonable capacity to meet rental payments.

For new businesses – e.g. start-ups, early stage, etc – you may need to take some time to build a history of business income before submitting your application, or, demonstrate secured contracts to support your capacity to meet rental payments.

You’re welcomed to discuss these items, and the assessment process in detail with LJ Hooker (Nhulunbuy) on (08) 8987 8103 or nhulunbuy@ljh.com.au

What happens if I have entered into a lease under the former Rio Tinto Alcan policy?

All leases entered into prior to accommodation being transferred to Developing East Arnhem Land will be honoured.

What are considered reasonable steps to secure and/or retain private rentals prior to applying to access a Developing East Arnhem property?

It is an expectation that applicants consult local real estate agents and search for available rental properties (either online or by looking in the newspaper, etc) prior to lodging an application.

If existing rental properties are available at a comparable price, standard and terms of occupancy, applicants should first take up these offerings.

If an applicant intends to vacate a rental property at the end of an existing lease term to occupy a Developing East Arnhem Land property, they will need to demonstrate that continuing the current lease would place an unnecessary or unreasonable burden on their business or service.

Can application decisions be appealed?

As with a normal rental application process, there is no option to appeal a decision.

Can I obtain information about an application status?

No, like any rental application, individual applications are commercial in confidence.

Can an individual apply for the vacant housing?

No, at this stage applications must be through a business or organisation. We encourage individuals to speak with their employer about options to obtain housing. This could be through a direct arrangement between the employee and employer.

What is the weekly rent payable?

  • $325 per week for a 2 bedroom flat
  • $450 to $475 per week for a 3 bedroom house
  • $550 to $625 per week for a 4 bedroom house

How was the weekly rental amounts determined?

Following consultation with local stakeholders and agents, an independent valuer was engaged in 2014 to provide expert guidance on rental values.

Are 250 houses available now?

No. However, properties are being progressively made available over time and we welcome applications that align with Developing East Arnhem Land policies and objectives.

What are the terms of the leases?

The preferred lease term is 12 months. Other arrangements can be negotiated.

Who pays for utilities such as power?

The tenant (business or organisation) is responsible to pay for all utility costs.

Where does the revenue from the rent received go?

Rental revenues return to Developing East Arnhem Limited and net income is directed to support our ongoing economic development activities in the region.

Who is managing the properties?

LJ Hooker is the agent managing the housing on behalf of DEAL and can be contacted on (08) 8987 8103.

Application form.

You can download the Housing Application form here.

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