Rent not cheap

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

The front page ar­ti­cle about Moana Court ( KMN, May 31) says: ‘‘Mr Leggett says there are gen­uine res­i­dents in the units, but he would like to see more means test­ing car­ried out, to as­cer­tain if the $77 charged a week is fair across the board.’’

At first glance $77 a week may seem a cheap rental. How­ever, the units are small one-room bed­sits with a kitch­enette and tiny com­bined bath­room-laun­dry­toi­let. The $77 would be a lot to pay for shar­ing the equiv­a­lent, if that were pos­si­ble, in a flat.

By this com­par­i­son, $77 is not cheap. The no­tion that Moana Court is cheap rent and that the res­i­dents en­joy a priv­i­lege not avail­able to the rest of the com­mu­nity is com­pletely in­valid. Per­haps the rental is rea­son­able be­cause of the in­di­vid­ual pri­vacy af­forded to ten­ants by the units.

Some res­i­dents de­pend on liv­ing there for fi­nan­cial rea­sons, and they are some of the most el­derly and dis­abled. These are no doubt the group who would pass Mr

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