Rent not cheap
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