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Hauraki District Council’s elderly person housing rental fees are increasing from July 1st

Posted 13 June 2019 by Gold FM in Council Matters

Hauraki District Council’s elderly person housing rental fees are increasing from July 1st.

Council staff sought and received Councillors approval to increase the rental fees for 57 elderly housing units situated in Paeroa, Waihi and Ngatea.

Maintenance of the elderly accommodation units is expected to rise due to Government legislation requiring all rental homes to meet a Healthy Homes Standard by July 1st 2024. The legislation comes into effect on July 1st this year and proposed maintenance work required to bring any new tenancies up to standard must be completed by July 2021, according to a council report.

Installing heat pump heating/cooling systems with extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchens to meet the new healthy and dry homes legislation is estimated to cost $228,000 for all 57 council owned units. 

Currently Hauraki District Council charges weekly rental fees of $122 for a bedsit and $128 for a one bedroom unit. Council staff has crunched the numbers and propose rental fees should increase to full market rates for all tenants over the next 2 years.

The new rental fees from this July will increase to $150 per week for all existing tenants and new tenants from that date will be charged $180 for a bedsit and $187 for a one bedroom unit.

From the 1st of July 2020 rents will increase to market rental rates for all Hauraki District Council owned units. Full market rate for the 2020 increase is not specified but staff will work with tenants and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) during the transition.

We understand council tenants have been advised of the increase. Councillors Carole Daley and Gill Leonard, and council staff met with Ministry of Social Development in December 2018. People on low incomes, including seniors may be eligible for some financial aid through Work and Income depending on other benefits and supplements they already receive.