Fairer rents for Council tenants (consultation postponed until further notice)

We have postponed public consultation on this proposal in response to Covid-19. Right now, this webpage gives you some information about the proposal and you can also ask questions.

We know many of our Council tenants are struggling to meet everyday needs and pay rent. That's why we are considering changing how we set rents for our tenants so it is fairer.

Right now, most tenants pay 30% less rent than they would if they rented their home from a private landlord. That takes no account of their household income.

We propose to set rent in a way that reflects tenants’ incomes. Many of our tenants will benefit, including those on the lowest incomes. They will have more money available to spend on food, clothing, heating and other essentials. Other social housing providers already charge income-based rents.


We have postponed public consultation on this proposal in response to Covid-19. Right now, this webpage gives you some information about the proposal and you can also ask questions.

We know many of our Council tenants are struggling to meet everyday needs and pay rent. That's why we are considering changing how we set rents for our tenants so it is fairer.

Right now, most tenants pay 30% less rent than they would if they rented their home from a private landlord. That takes no account of their household income.

We propose to set rent in a way that reflects tenants’ incomes. Many of our tenants will benefit, including those on the lowest incomes. They will have more money available to spend on food, clothing, heating and other essentials. Other social housing providers already charge income-based rents.



What’s your favourite thing about your home?

We provide rental homes for people in Wellington with low incomes and special housing needs, for as long as their needs exist. Most of our tenants are single people and small families who are able to live independently but may need some support. Our tenants include fit elderly people, refugees and migrants, people with disabilities and those needing support with their health.

Are you a City Housing tenant? What’s your favourite thing about your home?




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