Faith­ful signs lease to stay in her house

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Faith­ful Strick­land says she feels a huge weight has been lifted from her shoul­ders.

Yes­ter­day she signed a new lease for the house she had been told she would have to leave.

‘‘It’s like the clouds have gone and ev­ery­things just lifted up. To hear I can stay here is a bless­ing.’’

The Kapi-Mana wrote about Strick­land’s plight in Au­gust when she re­ceived an evic­tion no­tice from Hous­ing New Zealand af­ter her fa­ther went into care.

Af­ter 8 years of liv­ing with her fa­ther she was shocked to find out she was not on the lease, she said.

Hous­ing NZ had told her she had to leave the house and be as­sessed for an­other state house.

On Thurs­day Strick­land said she had re­ceived good news from Hous­ing NZ, she could stay in the Can­nons Creek house.

‘‘I’m still get­ting my head around it, I still can’t be­lieve I get to keep this house.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally packed ev­ery­thing away and now I’m un­pack­ing, not that I’m com­plain­ing.’’

Hous­ing NZ area man­ager Kathy Fur­fie said Strick­land had been urged to con­tact the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment to be as­sessed.

‘‘We’re de­lighted that she de­cided to take our ad­vice and ap­ply, be­cause it means we’ve now been able to legally sign her up as the ten­ancy holder in the same prop­erty. ‘‘

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