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30/06/2017 3:00 p.m.
Friday 30 June, 2017
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.
residents provided feedback to Council on the draft policy earlier this year,
and the changes have now been formally adopted by Council.
Relations Manager Vincie Billante says the policy is in line with a number of
standards and initiatives regarding rent calculations and eligibility criteria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
consultation on the policy closed on 21 May 2017.