Housing New Zealand set to lease Wellington City Council social housing

Wellingtonians look set to become the Government’s landlord.

Next week, the city council will vote to sign off on a partnership with Housing New Zealand (HNZ) that will see the state housing provider lease the council’s new social housing.

On Monday, the council officially opened the 104 new apartments in the former Arlington site in Mount Cook, the council’s largest social housing site.

At the time, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the development would help cater for the city’s most vulnerable people.

The Te Māra apartments – ranging between one and four bedrooms – accommodated about 324 people.

The site previously had 57 apartments that housed 166 people.

Council documents say the agency was approached by HNZ to enter into a short-term lease agreement which would see it operate the site and sublet the units.

The terms of the agreement will not be made public and will be dealt with by councillors in a separate report.

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Source: Stuff NZ