Each year the death of around 700 social housing tenants ends the lease on their state house – at times forcing surviving family members to move out.
Several of these cases came to light in the media, including one in the Herald where a cancer patient and his family
were told they had to move from their state home of 25 years a week after their mother had died.
Subsequently Housing New Zealand and the Ministry of Social Development took a look at how it managed tenancies, with surviving family members, after the death of the tenant holding the lease.
In a business alert sent to HNZ staff, released under the Official Information Act, it was revealed that after a number of cases were in the media HNZ identified 21 days was not enough time for the family’s housing needs to be assessed.
Together with MSD it had since developed a plan that would see it manage these tenancies in a manner that would offer more “robust support” for the family and consistent messages from both organisations.
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