Struggle to find a rental home
‘‘It is very unsuitable for elderly people. She has gone now but often there is just nowhere else for them to go,’’ she said.
South Waikato District Council communications manager Kerry Fabrie said there were more than 100 pensioners on the council’s pensioner unit waiting lists. There are 12 one bedroom units in Tirau, 16 one bedroom units in Putaruru and 51 units in Tokoroa.
‘‘As the housing market becomes tighter in regards to rental availability, the council has noted a huge increase in demand over the last three years,’’ she said.
‘‘Due to this demand the council will very soon be doing a review of our current pensioner housing policy to seek the most effective means to cater for demand and ensure that those with the highest need are identified.’’
Fabrie said the council committed $950,000 in 2014 towards construction of more pensioner housing units.
‘‘The council is adding units to its pensioner housing stock. Four of these units (Kindergarten Street) are nearing completion with one more to start construction at the same site,’’ she said.
She said the council is currently housing 89 tenants and the majority of existing tenants and those on the waiting list are single occupants.