Elderly Persons Housing Policy adopted

Friday 30 June, 2017

Council-owned elderly persons housing facilities will now be guided by a new policy, following the adoption of the Elderly Persons Housing Policy at the Ashburton District Council meeting yesterday.

Local residents provided feedback to Council on the draft policy earlier this year, and the changes have now been formally adopted by Council.

Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says the policy is in line with a number of standards and initiatives regarding rent calculations and eligibility criteria.

“Previously, there were no rent calculations in the policy, and this made it difficult for Council to clearly explain this kind of information with existing and new tenants. We will now calculate rent based on a percentage of superannuation received, and for existing tenants, rent will progressively increase over three years, starting on 1 July 2018.

“The eligibility criteria for becoming a tenant has also been strengthened, to ensure those most in need are able to secure housing. The eligibility criteria takes into account employment status and the superannuation age set by the Government,” she says.

The policy also introduces a smokefree clause that restricts smoking to outdoor areas, which aligns with Council’s endorsement of the Governments Smokefree Aotearoa 2015/25 initiative.

Dogs will no longer be permitted as pets for new tenants in the elderly person units, and tenants wishing to have animals will need to make a written request to Council. This follows a number of concerns received by Council about diseased and feral cats posing a risk to tenants.

The Elderly Persons Housing Policy is now available on the Council website.

Community consultation on the policy closed on 21 May 2017.

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