Tenancy reviews for public housing tenants on hold

Published: 29 March 2018

All tenancy reviews for public housing tenants are on hold until the end of June 2018.

The Government is reviewing which groups of public housing tenants should be exempt from tenancy reviews.

Until this work is completed by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), all reviews are on hold until the end of June 2018.

While public housing is not intended to be a house for life, it’s important we recognise that some vulnerable groups of tenants will continue to need secure public housing and support for a long time.

The review will make sure that the most vulnerable tenant groups are recognised and protected, are not asked to do a tenancy review, and do not move into private housing when it is not a good fit for them.

MSD is contacting tenants in the tenancy review process to let them know they do not need to do anything more for the time being.

Read the Minister's tenancy review press release(external link)

What is a tenancy review?

The tenancy review process checks whether tenants still need public housing and that the type of property they are living in still meets their needs. For those who no longer need public housing, the process provides support to find alternative housing.

Tenants currently undergoing a tenancy review:

  • MSD is contacting tenants in the tenancy review process to let them know they do not need to do anything more for the time being.
  • During the pause, tenants in the tenancy review process do not need to take any further steps or seek alternative housing unless they wish to.
  • During the pause, no 90-day notices will be issued or enforced for tenants who have been through a tenancy review and told that they no longer eligible for public housing.
  • MSD will be in touch when they re-start reviews later in the year, and they will have another look at your circumstances.

Who do I contact for more information?

Call MSD on 0800 559 009.

They also have more information, including frequently asked questions, on their website(external link)

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