Retirement Housing FAQ's
At what age can I rent a Council unit and what is the criteria?
Our first priority waitlist is for those who are 65 years of age and older, the second priority waitlist is for 60 – 64 years.
You must meet the eligibility criteria to be successful in your application. All applicants must be able to live independently and will need to provide a signed doctor's approval of independence on application. You will find a Retirement Housing application form here, you can also view the eligibility criteria and Retirement Housing Policy here.
How long until a Retirement Housing unit becomes available?
The Retirement Housing units work on a waitlist system which is explained in another FAQ below. Council is not able to give a timeframe on how long it may take for a unit to become available. If all 118 retirement units are tenanted, Council will not look for a new tenant until a tenancy is terminated.
How does the Retirement Housing waitlist work?
Our first priority waitlist is for those who are 65 years of age and older, the second priority waiting list is for 60 – 64 years. If the applicant is eligible for a retirement unit, their name will be put at the bottom of whichever waitlist is suitable to them, based on their age.
Once a unit becomes available, our Property Officer will contact those on the waiting list, starting at the top of the first priority list, and work their way down the applicants until one agrees to rent the unit. Once another unit becomes vacant, the Property Officer will begin offering the unit to applicants on the first priority waitlist who are next in line to be offered a unit.
If no one from the first priority waitlist wishes to rent the flat, the Property Officer will then begin at the top of the second priority waitlist until they find a tenant to take on the flat.