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Social housing transfer in Tauranga

Page updated 12  Aug 2016

IHC subsidiary Accessible Properties has been chosen as the preferred provider to take over the ownership of Housing New Zealand’s properties in Tauranga.

Accessible Properties was one of three shortlisted respondents asked to submit a formal proposal to purchase the 1124 properties and take over the management of their tenancies.

The Government is now working with Accessible Properties to finalise the agreement. It is expected negotiations will be completed by October with a final decision to be made shortly after.

Read the Joint Ministerial media release here: www.beehive.govt.nz 

Under any new community housing provider:
  • Tenants in these properties will continue to be housed for the duration of their need.
  • Their eligibility will continue to be assessed by the Ministry of Social Development, as it is now.
  • They will 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 Tauranga 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.

Read previous media releases on the proposed social housing Transfer in Tauranga:
Three consortia short-listed for Tauranga transfer (17 March 2016)
https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/shortlist-announced-transfer-social-houses-tauranga-and-invercargill

Expressions of Interest open for proposed Tauranga transfer (20 Nov 2015)
https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/eoi-now-open-community-housing-providers

Decision to proceed to Expressions of Interest for proposed Tauranga transfer (21 October 2015)
https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/proposed-social-housing-transfers-proceed-next-phase

Decision to consider Tauranga for social housing transfer (6 May 2915)
https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/next-steps-social-housing-reform-announced

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