Shock at eviction notice
A Porirua woman is about to be evicted from her state house home of six years, after discovering she wasn’t a legal tenant.
Faithful Strickland was a livein carer for her elderly father in a Cannons Creek Housing New Zealand house.
Now she is warning others to read the fine print on their tenancy agreements, because when her dad went into a rest home she was shocked to find she wasn’t on the lease and had to leave.
‘‘Just a few days after he went into a home I got a letter telling me I had 21 days to get out.’’
She said the Housing New Zealand eviction notice arrived on August 18, less than a week after her father went into care.
‘‘I haven’t heard from them since ... they never got back to me, they never returned calls, they never phoned when they said they would,’’ she said.
‘‘I don’t want other people to get into the mess I’m in.’’
But a spokesman for Housing New Zealand said they had contacted Strickland five times to speak with her about being assessed for social housing.
The eviction notice was served and Strickland had until September 8 to vacate the property.
However, after being contacted by Kapi-Mana News that date was extended to the end of September.
HNZ area manager Kathy Furfie said that the Ministry of Social Development would determine Strickland’s need for social housing and, if eligible, she would be placed on the Social Housing Register.
‘‘I understand that MSD was in touch with Ms Strickland to begin her assessment.’’
Alan Knowsley from Rainey Collins Lawyers said that unless a person was named on the tenancy agreement, they could not stay in a rental property after the tenancy ended.
‘‘The tenant’s daughter could argue that she was a tenant, however the tenancy agreement was between her father and [HNZ].’’
‘‘Although she may be in need of housing assistance herself, she would have to apply and meet the eligibility requirements. She can- not bypass others already on the social housing waiting list.’’
The Citizens Advice Bureau’s website said the tenancy agreement specified who had the right to live in the house.
For example, if your partner’s name is on the tenancy agreement, but yours is not, then you aren’t a tenant and therefore are not entitled to continue living in the house.
You could apply for social housing in your own name, but you wouldn’t necessarily get the same house, it said.
Faithful Strickland was served an eviction notice by Housing New Zealand just days after her Dad went into a rest home.