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September 19, 2020 at 1:00 AM



The Senior Housing programme is designed to provide affordable, long term, secure tenure in decent quality homes to older people in our community.

How it works

A qualifying household has the opportunity to rent a QLCHT owned property indefinitely. The rent is set at a fair market rate and an income based subsidy applied, where eligible, discounting the rent by up to 20%.

As QLCHT is a registered Public Housing provider, some tenants may also be eligible to access an Income Related Rent through the Ministry of Social Development and only be required to pay 25% of their total income in rent. Click here to learn more about Public Housing.


To be eligible to participate in the Senior Housing Programme applicants must meet the following basic criteria:

  • The applicant must be aged 65 years or older.
  • The property must be used exclusively as the household’s primary residence and must not be vacated by the household for any more than four weeks over a 12 month period.
  • The applicant's combined household income must not exceed a certain level, which is determined by the size of the household, and an asset test also applies.
  • At least one person from the household must be a New Zealand resident or citizen.
  • Applicants must already be established in the district.

Template agreements

View our template Senior Housing Tenancy Agreement here.  Please note that this is a template agreement only and may be subject to change.

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