Applications

Application forms for Council housing are available from the Council's Invercargill and Bluff Offices or you can contact us by phone and we will arrange to have one posted to you.

Once the application form is completed contact the Council's Housing Care Support Officer to arrange an appointment with our Housing Care staff. At the appointment we will discuss the application and suitability and also answer any questions you may have. The Council will then write to you advising whether you application has been approved, and if so, what eligibility your application has received: urgent, high, medium or low.

Rents

Weekly rents depend on the type of unit rented and the facilities provided (for example special needs facilities, carport, one or two bedrooms etc).

  • Housing Care Service weekly rentals 2010-2011
     

Criteria

There is constant demand for Council-owned housing. Applicants will be considered for eligibility depending on individual circumstances and the availability of suitable units. Your eligibility is determined by the Council as either low, medium, high or urgent:

  • Low: Have ongoing housing needs, income is within the income limit and assets are within the secondary asset limit.
  • Medium: Applicants must be aged 50+, their income is within the income limit and their assets are within the primary asset limit.
  • High: Applicants must be aged 60+, their income is within the income limit and their assets are within the primary asset limit; or applicants are individuals with an on-going housing need, with respect to chronic disabilities, their income is within the income limit and their assets are within the primary limit; or applicants are individuals with an urgent short-term housing need, their income is within the income limit and their assets are within the primary asset limit. 
  • Urgent: Applicant has an urgent housing need or is at risk in their current housing. Application with urgency and preference will be given where the applicant is willing to accept accommodation in any flat.

All applicants will be subject to additional assessment relating to compatibility with existing Housing Care neighbouring residents in terms of safety, privacy and suitability of the accommodation offered by the Council.

Placement

Wherever possible those tenants who have been on the waiting list the longest will be allocated a flat first, the only exception is urgent need (refer to "urgent" criteria above). Once a unit becomes available you will receive a telephone call from our Housing Care staff. If you decide, for whatever reason, that you do not want to take the unit that has been allocated to you then we might review your application.