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).
- Council housing is generally designed for older residents.
- Often this housing is clustered, so that neighbours are also council tenants and in the older age group.
- It is often more affordable than renting in the private sector.
- Council rentals are generally very stable, with residents able to live in their homes for as long as they need.
- There is a limited supply of council housing, and council renters don't move on so often, so it can be difficult to get a rental, especially in areas where there is high
What do I need in order to take this option?
- Council properties must be available in your area.
- You will need to meet your local council's eligibility criteria, including income and asset test.
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.