C9 - Council Pensioners/Seniors Housing

Local councils across New Zealand provide a limited number of rental properties for low-income, older people (usually aged 65 or older) - mainly those who are reliant on New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension as their sole income.

Council housing stock is predominantly one-bedroom or bedsit units.

Rents vary by council but are often below the local market rent. Nevertheless, many tenants need to access an Accommodation Supplement to assist with their housing costs (see B5 Accommodation Supplement).

Pros

Cons

What do I need in order to take this option?

Could this option limit my future choices?

No, but depending on your lease agreement, you may be committed to staying in a rental property for a set period of time.

For more information

Your local council, for information about pensioner housing.