A secure, long-term tenant for your investment property.

Including guaranteed* rent, even if the property is vacant.

If you own a residential property and would like a secure, long-term tenant—you may be able to lease to DHA. Each year, DHA rents quality properties directly from investors to house Defence members and their families. 

We offer a long-term lease, with guaranteed* rental income and a range of property care services. The benefits of leasing to DHA include:

DHA may also be able to commit to leasing a property before you purchase or build if it meets our requirements. Simply call to our leasing team on 133 342 first to find out if your planned purchase or build meets DHA’s housing requirements and located in an area we require properties.

Property requirements

The general requirements for leasing properties to DHA are listed below. Property requirements may vary by location. 

If your property meets our basic requirements, you can submit an application for review. If you are unsure or would like to speak to our team before submitting your property, please call 133 342.

To be considered for a lease your property must meet the following criteria:

  • Close proximity to a Defence base (within 30km)
  • Minimum of three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes
  • Lounge
  • Dining/meals
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Bathroom with separate shower and bath
  • Separate toilet
  • Ensuite
  • Double or single lock-up garage
  • Fully enclosed rear yard

Additional features that may be required*:

  • Covered outdoor area (min.15m2)
  • Security screens
  • Climate control
  • Internal storage: linen, broom and pantry cupboards
  • Low-maintenance garden

* These features are desirable and may need to be installed. This will be assessed at the point of application.


To be considered for a lease your property must meet the following criteria:

  • Close proximity to a Defence base (within 30km)
  • Close proximity to transport links and amenities
  • Minimum of two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes
  • Lounge
  • Dining/meals
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Bathroom
  • Double or single lock up garage

Additional features that may be required*:

  • Covered outdoor area (min.10m2)
  • Security screens
  • Ensuite
  • Climate control
  • Internal storage: linen, broom and pantry cupboards
  • Low-maintenance gardens

* These features are desirable and may need to be installed. This will be assessed at point of application.


To be considered for a lease your property must meet the following criteria:

  • Close proximity to a Defence base (within 30km)
  • Close proximity to transport links and amenities
  • Minimum of two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes
  • Lounge
  • Meals
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Secure car accommodation
  • Secure storage room, cage or cupboard

Additional features that may be required*:

  • Security screens
  • Ensuite
  • Climate control
  • Internal storage: linen, broom and pantry cupboards

*These features are desirable and may need to be installed. This will be assessed at the point of application.

We are currently looking for properties in these areas:

*Greater region equates to the city, with the inclusion of the outer suburbs.
Requirements are subject to change without notice.

  • ACT - Canberra*, Queanbeyan*
  • New South Wales - Glenbrook*, Newcastle*, Nowra, Sydney*, Richmond*, Wagga Wagga
  • Northern Territory - Darwin*
  • Queensland - Brisbane*, Gold Coast, Cairns, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Townsville
  • Victoria - Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne*, Wodonga
  • Western Australia - Perth*, Rockingham
  • South Australia - Lefevre Peninsula, Campbelltown*, Vale Park*, Hewett, Adelaide Hills

Speak to our leasing experts

Enquire now and we will assist you with leasing your property or a property you're planning to build or buy to DHA.

See if your property is eligible

Check if you're property is eligible to lease to DHA in two easy steps:

1. Use our postcode finder to check if your property is in an eligible location
2. Complete the application form

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*Rent may be subject to abatement under certain circumstances such as loss of enjoyment or amenity, or breach of lease terms. Rent is paid where the property is habitable. Should a property become uninhabitable during the term of the lease, or lessor breaches the lease terms, the rent may cease or abate and the lease may be terminated by DHA. Guaranteed rent is subject to the terms of the lease. DHA does not take into account an investor’s objectives or financial needs. Investors should always seek appropriate independent advice before making any investment decisions with DHA.

**A comprehensive description of repairs included in our service and exclusions can be found in the Property Care Contract. For more information, please visit https://www.dha.gov.au/investing/property-care.