Shock at evic­tion no­tice

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FALLON

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.

PHOTO: VIR­GINIA FALLON

Faith­ful Strick­land was served an evic­tion no­tice by Hous­ing New Zealand just days af­ter her Dad went into a rest home.

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