Council has 246 rental units available for elderly residents. To apply for a unit you must be aged 65 or older, qualify for government superannuation and meet the tenant criteria.
Review of elder housing portfolio
Earlier this year, Council carried out a review of its elder housing portfolio, operations and future service delivery. This was followed by an in-depth investigation into two potential options – partnering with a community housing provider or divesting to a community housing provider. At the Community and Culture Committee meeting on 14 November 2017, elected members supported community consultation over divesting elder housing portfolio as part of the 2018-28 Long Term Plan.
More information on the review
About the units
All of our units are one bedroom, suitable for singles or couples and are non-smoking.
When you live in an elder housing unit, Council will pay the building insurance and water rates and tenants are responsible for contents insurance, telephone and power. We will also maintain the lawn and gardens for the complex, you just need to look after the unit's garden.
Units come with an oven and floor coverings, but not curtains. Tenants can keep goldfish, budgies and one desexed cat, but dogs are not allowed. We have units available in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Central and Greerton.
Tenants are required to pay rent two weeks in advance. Work and Income New Zealand may be able to assist with the bond payment. From 1 July 2017 weekly rental for the units is:
||from $130 to $151 per week
||from $260 to $302
||from $158 to $177 per week
||from $316 to $354
If the demand for the units exceeds the number available, priority is given to applicants who are already living, or have family living, in Tauranga or the Western Bay of Plenty.
- You must be a New Zealand resident aged 65 or older and qualify for a government pension.
- Your assets can’t exceed $17,500 for a single person and $20,000 for a couple.
- Tenants can earn up to $90 per week over the pension, this includes income from family trusts - government benefits such as the disability allowance are not exempt from this limit.
- You need to be able to live independently.
- You must have a good tenant history and provide two landlord referees.
- If you are a couple only one person needs to be over 65, as long as all other criteria are met. If the eligible tenant no longer occupies the unit, their partner can continue to live in the unit.
We may request a credit check as part the application process and could decline an application based on tenancy history.
If there are ongoing vacancies, the chief executive can approve tenants over 60 years old who do not meet the age or superannuation criteria.
How to apply
You can apply using the application form below. Application packs are also available from our customer services centre, Housing New Zealand and Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).
We will contact you and let you know if your application has been successful or not. If we can’t contact you your application will be cancelled, so please make sure we have up-to-date details.
Elder housing information sheet (65kb pdf)
Last Reviewed: 11/12/2017