There is assistance at WINZ that you may be entitled to, but not know about. If you need a bit of extra support getting into housing, here’s some options to consider.
Find out what you can get
This helpful calculator is completely anonymous and can help you work out what you may be entitled to from Work and Income.
WINZ can make a non-recoverable (you don’t have to pay it back) contribution to your bond or rent in advance. They’ll look at how much your bond or rent in advance is and you’ll need to show you can afford the rent payments in the future. There are income or cash asset limits placed on who can qualify for bond grants.
Letting fees assistance
Sometimes rental agencies will charge a ‘letting fee’ for securing a place to live. If you are having trouble paying this letting fee you can apply to Work and Income for assistance. You don’t need to be receiving a benefit or pension to apply for financial assistance up to the cost of one week’s rent, plus GST. You can only use letting fees assistance once a year, but it doesn’t need to be paid back. There are income or cash asset limits on who can qualify for letting fees assistance.
Rent in Advance
Rent in Advance is a non-recoverable (you don’t have to pay it back) payment towards your rent if your needs qualify you. There are income or cash asset limits on who can qualify for Rent in Advance.
Moving Assistance is to help with the cost of moving. It is recoverable so you do have to pay this one back if you get it. There are income or cash asset limits on who can qualify for Moving Assistance.
A good tenancy reference from a reputable landlord is a real advantage for anyone trying to secure a new place to live. If you’re a social housing tenant with a good record you can get a Statement of Satisfactory Tenancy, a professional document that helps reassure landlords that you’re a good person to have as a tenant.
Tenancy Costs Cover
Tenancy Costs Cover is available if you need additional help to to get into long-term rental housing. Tenancy Costs Cover provides security against discrimination and commits to paying any fees owed to the landlord at the end of a tenancy (maximum four weeks’ rent). Tenancy Costs Cover is payable to the landlord but needs to be paid back by you. The Tenancy Costs Cover only covers the first 12 months of the tenancy and the cover will expire at the end of the 12 month period. There are no income or cash asset limits for Tenancy Costs Cover.
Transition to Alternative Housing Grant
The Transition to Alternative Housing Grant payment is a one-off payment of $3,000 to reduce the financial impact of moving from social housing into private rentals. There are no income or cash asset limits for the Transition to Alternative Housing Grant, but you will need to prove that you can continue to pay rent in the future.
More help with Work and Income
Lifewise Hub host sessions on working with WINZ on Mondays from 11am-1pm.
09 302 5390
453 K’rd, Auckland CBD