Community housing rents to increase

Rent increases between $3 and $18 are set be imposed on tenants living in Clutha District Council community housing.

Following a report from community services co-ordinator Loesje Morrison, the district assets committee recommended the weekly rent increases to the council at a meeting yesterday.

This will mean a double unit in Milton will increase from $77 to $95, a unit in Kaitangata will increase from $103 to $110, and a single unit in Lawrence will rise from $72 to $75 a week.

The rental assessment, which occurs every three years and was carried out by Southern Valuation and Consultancy Ltd, took into account the size of the unit, its overall condition, heating and the availability of car parks.

If approved by council at its meeting in two weeks, the rises will apply to new tenants as of February 24, and for existing tenants from December 1.

The rises would bring rentals in line with the market and allow the council to continue to run and maintain the units, Ms Morrison said.

Some concerned councillors were told by manager of district assets Jules Witt that Work and Income accommodation supplements were available for those on low incomes.



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