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Social Housing Transfers

Page updated 12 Aug 2016

The Social Housing Reform Programme is designed to get more people in need into quality social housing.

The reform programme includes the transfer of some Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies to registered community housing providers. The purpose of the transfers is to help grow the community housing sector and encourage innovation to better meet tenants’ needs. 

The Treasury’s role includes:

  • providing advice and guidance on the overall reform programme and its initiatives
  • managing the transaction process to transfer Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies to community housing providers
  • alongside the Ministry of Social Development, managing a Request for Information process to identify further opportunities for social housing.

For more on the wider social housing reforms, see the Social Housing Reform Programme website.

Other useful links:

Social House Transfers

Two processes are currently under way to transfer Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies to community housing providers.
The transfers currently under consideration are:

  • 1124 Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies in Tauranga – read more
  • 250 Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies in Foxton, Levin, Shannon and Otaki, together with about 115 pensioner units currently owned by the Horowhenua District Council – read more.

An earlier process to transfer 348 HNZ properties and tenancies in Invercargill will not proceed – read more.

Where Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies are transferred to a new landlord, the tenancy agreements would not change. Tenants will:

  • Continue to be housed for the duration of their need.
  • Have their eligibility assessed by the Ministry of Social Development, as it is now.
  • Have the same rights as they do now, and Accessible Properties will have the same responsibilities as Housing New Zealand has now.

Community housing providers are regulated and monitored by the Government. Any properties transferred to a new provider will have to remain in use as social housing and cannot be sold unless the Government agrees otherwise. The Government would only give that approval if the house is no longer needed, or it is to be redeveloped to better match social housing needs.

Request for Information: Identifying Further Opportunities for Social Housing

The Treasury and the Ministry of Social Development are managing an ongoing Request for Information (RFI) to identify further opportunities for the supply or transfer of social housing, particularly in areas of high demand.
The Government wants to hear from parties interested in:

  • the transfer of existing Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies for ongoing social housing purposes
  • redeveloping land they own, or intend to acquire, for new social housing or a mix of social and affordable housing in high-demand areas.

See Request for Information (RFI) for more information.

Initial Public Engagement on Social Housing

The Government completed a programme of public engagement on its social housing reforms in early 2015. This included six public meetings around the country that provided an overview of the reforms and an opportunity to provide feedback. Notes from these meetings are in the Documents section below.

Register Your Interest

If you are interested in being kept up to date with the progress of social housing transactions please email socialhousing@treasury.govt.nz and we will add you to our database. You can also email us at this address if you have any questions.

If you are interested in acquiring empty, surplus state houses email Housing New Zealand at acquisition.enquiries@Housing New Zealandc.co.nz.

If you are interested in registering as a community housing provider please go to http://chra.mbie.govt.nz/.

Documents

Documents are available in Adobe PDF format only. HTML versions can be supplied on request from Information Services at the Treasury. Using PDF Files
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