B29 - Going Boarding
Boarding is different from flatting in that, typically, some services are included in your weekly payment - power and water, usually meals and sometimes laundry.
There are two types of boarders:
- people who come under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and board in a house intended for at least six tenants with tenancies lasting 28 days or more (a 'boarding house').
- people in boarding situations not covered by the Act (for example, boarding with family, whānau or friends in a private house).
This information relates to boarding situations not covered by the Act.
- Boarding consolidates accommodation-related costs (eg, utilities), reducing the stress of having to deal with multiple costs.
- You do not have the house running costs and responsibilities that a home-owner has.
- It may provide companionship and additional security.
- The inclusion of some services (eg, meals, laundry, etc) eases the burden of organising these services yourself and may also help you to live independently for longer.
- Boarding with family, whānau or friends might give you more flexibility to continue doing things like owning a pet or gardening or cooking.
- If you prefer to live on your own, boarding is probably not for you. Typically, you'll have a private bedroom (and perhaps bathroom) but you will be sharing other facilities.
- You may not be eligible for some assistance and in-home services if you are boarding. If you receive a pension or benefit, the amount you receive may also be affected.
- Depending on your living arrangements, you may also need to budget for additional costs such as contents insurance for your possessions.
What do I need in order to take this option?
- Suitable boarding accommodation must be available where you wish to live.
- You must be able to pay boarding costs.
- You will need to want to live with others.
- If you are relying on the Accommodation Supplement to help with your living expenses, you will need to supply proof of your boarding costs - receipts or a letter from your
- Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) recommends having a signed boarding agreement, covering weekly payments, services included and the notice period for moving out.
Could this option limit my future choices?
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