The Kāpiti Coast Council has replied to claims it is forcing a large family out of a house it owns in central Paraparaumu (see story below, February 4).
A family with four children, one with special needs, may be forced to move out of the District because of the Council decision.
In its reply to our story, the Council’s Group Manager Place and Space, James Jefferson, says:
‘The house you’ve mentioned was being held for operational reasons and is now no longer needed for the purposes that it was acquired for. We currently hold 13 of these houses and are reviewing all of our property holdings.
‘We let these particular houses under standard market tenancy terms and conditions in order to recover some value for ratepayers.
‘The tenancy agreement was a periodic, month-by-month agreement and was entered into on that basis between the parties.
‘These houses are completely separate from our housing for older persons’ portfolio. Council’s current role in housing is to own and manage 118 flats that are used for housing for older persons, and we provide a range of services to these tenants. We don’t operate any other social housing as a normal part of our business.
Two of 13 properties identified for sale
‘Last year, we identified that two of the 13 properties were no longer needed for the purposes that they were initially acquired for. Council made the decision to sell these properties.
‘House 1, in Paraparaumu, was purchased through an open market transaction process for roading purposes that aren’t happening anymore.
‘Money from the sale of these houses will go towards reducing debt. This contributes to the Councils ten-year outcome by reducing debt with prudent financial management.
‘We realise this situation can be very disruptive for the family in the tenanted property, and we’ve been working closely with the family and support agencies to help the tenant connect with the appropriate government assistance. We understand the family have since been offered and signed for a Housing NZ house.
‘We are also carrying out work this year to look at the options Council has to influence housing issues’