Social housing tenants in Wellington city are facing a rent hike after the Christmas break.
As part of its annual rent review, Wellington City Council is now asking its tenants throughout the city to supply up to three months of bank statements – or face paying market-rate rents.
The council is trying to weed out tenants who are abusing the system, by looking for other income sources in their bank accounts, which would take the tenant over the threshold for subsidised housing.
The new request has left many tenants, such as Central Park Apartment resident, Malcolm Yeates, confused and shocked.
The council letter states: “Thank you for returning your tenancy review form, however you did not include some of the information we require … please provide bank statements for each of your bank accounts .. if you do not supply this information by February 5, your rent subsidy will be removed and the amount you pay will increase to $300.”