Christchurch’s rental crisis continues to build with another 251 houses “red zoned” last week.
This takes the total number of red-zoned homes to 7056, orange zoned homes to 400 and white-zoned houses to 2100 (orange and white-zoned residences are yet to be assessed, although many are too damaged to be inhabited).
Out of the 7056 red-zoned homeowners, just 3626 have signed a sale and purchase agreement with the government and 2801 have been settled.
It is unclear how many of the homeowners who have settled still remain in their old homes.
But the numbers indicate that the rental crisis is accelerating.
The deadline for moving out is April 2013.
There are several thousand other Christchurch residences who require temporary accommodation as their houses are fixed.
Renters have told NBR Property Investorof being effectively evicted as lease agreements mature and landlords seek higher-paying tenants.
The residences they are compelled to consider are frequently below standard and in some cases landlords are not cleaning them
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has responded coolly to requests for the government to step up and assist with rental accommodation and with housing options.
He said it was it is best left to the market to respond to the hike in demand created by the earthquakes and the government compensation package.
On Friday he announced a new temporary village at Rawhiti Domain to help meet increasing demand for short-term rental housing.
The Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service has helped 250 households find accommodation. Sixty-four families have stayed in two existing villages before moving back into their repaired homes or new homes.
“The time has come to begin utilising this resource, so I’m announcing that over the coming weeks we will be rolling out a further 20 two-bedroom units on the Rawhiti Domain in New Brighton. A further 43 units will be placed on that site over the following months, as the need arises.
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