Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


City Housing rent adjustments

Media Release 20 April 2006

City Housing rent adjustments

Rents for City Housing properties have been adjusted by an average of 37c a day to provide for long-term maintenance and management of the Christchurch City Council’s 2600 housing units.

The adjustments, which take effect in July 2006, are in line with the Council’s 2003 policy to annually adjust rents by CPI.

As one of the City’s largest landlords, the City Council has a responsibility to ensure it provides safe, accessible, and affordable housing to people on low-incomes, including the elderly and people with disabilities, said City Housing Manager Kevin Bennett.

“The rents have been assessed based on current and long-term future costs of maintaining the housing stock and not for profit.”

He said City Housing was a self-funding operation and did not receive any funding from rates.

“While the Council recognises the average adjustment of $2.56 a week will be significant for some tenants, the rents are still 45 per cent below market rates.

“Any financial burden should be eased with new Government benefit and accommodation supplement rates.”

He said the adjustments were in line with The Royal Commission on Social Policy’s affordability threshold. This sets rent at 25 to 30 per cent of gross income, assessed as providing sufficient income to maintain an acceptable standard of living.

“Most tenants will be eligible to recieve the accommodation supplement which provides a subsidy to help pay for rents in excess of the assessed entry threshold.”

City Housing rents remained the same for many years until 2003 with only small adjustments in 2004 and 2005. “The year’s adjustment is necessary to ensure we remain responsible and plan to continue providing quality rental housing for the future.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news