Strug­gle to find a rental home

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

‘‘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.

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