Your rent is subsidised by 30%. This means that you pay 70% of the 'market rate'.
Once a year, the Council reviews your income and assets to check if you still qualify for this type of housing.
Depending on the results of the review, your subsidy may:
- change from 30% to 10% (meaning your rent will increase)
- be removed
- stay the same.
The review may find that you no longer qualify for this type of housing and you will need to look at renting in the private market.
If the subsidy is removed, you are given 60 days notice (this is not a rent increase).
You will have 60 days notice before any rent increase. Rent will not go up in the first 180 days of tenancy or within 180 days of any previous increase.
Rents are reviewed annually and tenants receive notification of any increase in June - July each year. Rent increases are capped so they are no more than $20 per week for a single person or $30 per week for larger households.
If your rent increases, you may be eligible for an increased accommodation supplement from Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) or the Council's affordable rent subsidy.
Work and Income accommodation supplement
Check with WINZ to see if you're entitled to an accommodation supplement:
Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ)
Phone: 0800 559 009
Accommodation Supplement - Work and Income NZ