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Tenancy review changes

18 September 2018.

The Government is making more public housing tenants exempt from tenancy reviews, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has announced.

The change is designed to better protect and recognise public housing tenants who most need the security and support of long-term public housing.

Which public housing tenants will now be exempt from tenancy reviews?

Public housing tenants who do not need to undergo a tenancy review will now include:

  • households where the signatory tenant or their partner has dependent children 18 years old and under in their care, including those working with a Children’s Team in Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children
  • households where the signatory tenant or their partner is aged 65 years or over
  • households where the signatory tenant or their partner receives a Supported Living Payment because they have a permanent, severe disability or health condition or because they are providing full-time care at home for a person other than their spouse or partner, who would otherwise need hospital level or residential care, or equivalent
  • people with agreed lifetime tenure with Housing New Zealand.

Exempt tenants will only be reviewed if their circumstances change in a way that would impact their eligibility for public housing, or if they need to move into a different property that better meets their needs.

What does this mean for public housing tenants?

Tenancy reviews have been on hold since earlier in 2018 and will stay on hold until early 2019.

Public housing tenants do not need to take any action.

When reviews re-start in 2019, the Ministry of Social Development will get in touch to explain the next steps.

You can read the Minister’s announcement on the Beehive website.

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