Building for shared rental homes by non-profit community housing providers: Building costs
Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto
This report is part of a study focused on building solutions that address barriers to making our building stock, both new build and retrofit, perform better for the needs of older people. It responds to the limited opportunities for older people to find affordable rentals. The report is a design experiment looking at whether profits from shared rentals could be increased while providing homes that adapt to any future changes in use. This report contains potential designs and plans.
Other reports associated with this research
Saville-Smith, K. (2019). Building for shared rental homes by non-profit community housing providers: Maximising yield, reducing risks and effectively using land for older people’s rental housing. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities contestable fund research: Building Solutions. June 2019, 26pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.
Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono
Media: Pensioner in emergency housing says more support is needed
25 September 2021: TVNZ 1 News broadcast and article. BBHTC housing researcher Bev James says homelessness among older Kiwis can often be “hidden”.
“We’re not talking about these people necessarily being visible like rough sleeping or on the streets. They’re more likely to be in situations where they’re sharing with others in difficult circumstances.
“They’re under sufferance there or they’re in sleepouts, garages, sheds, non-residential dwellings like farm buildings or commercial buildings.” >> Read More
Media: Renting in retirement: Divorce, financial shocks and illness revealed in new research
4 August 2021: NZ Herald article by reporter Ben Leahy. Reporter Ben Leahy discusses recent BBHTC research in a special edition of the New Zealand Population Review journal with researcher Dr Kay Saville-Smith.
About one in five Kiwis aged over 65 are now renters, with a greater proportion living in the regions. According to the 2013 Census, one in three people aged 75 and over in Ruapehu were renting – the district with the highest percentage of elderly renters in the country. >> Read More
As well as the NZ Herald, this article was also published in:
Media: Half of Marlborough’s pensioners on accommodation benefit, housing experts warn
18 June 2021: Stuff article by Chloe Ranford Local Democracy Reporter. In this Stuff article, Building Better Researchers Dr Bev James and Dr Kay Saville-Smith argue that rents in the Marlborough Council’s senior units were too high for many seniors. The council is looking to adjust their rental prices upward.
Bev said figures from the Ministry of Social Development showed almost half of the pensioners renting a house in the region, including many in council housing, were on the Accommodation Supplement – a benefit paid to those who could not afford their own housing costs.
“This, by definition, means their current rent is unaffordable.” >> Read More
Keywords – Kupu Hāngai
Housing, house prices, new builds, affordable housing, tenure, renting, ageing population, older renters, community housing providers
Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau
Housing supply; Community Housing Providers; Population demographics
Date – Te Wā Whakarewa
Type – Te Auaha
Citation – Kupu Hautoa
Saville-Smith, K. (2019). Building for shared rental homes by non-profit community housing providers: Building costs. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities contestable fund research: Building Solutions. July 2019, 20pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.