Housing vouchers are available for a variety of reasons, including to help pay for childcare, rent, mortgage, and a few other things.
However, there’s a twist: if you’re a tenant in an existing Section 8 rental, you can get a voucher for your house.
But not if you have a Section 9 voucher.
If you’re in a Section 7 or 8 rental and you’re renting a property that’s been abandoned, demolished, or lost, you’ll have to apply for a Section 10 voucher.
You’ll need to prove that your landlord has a Section 12 voucher.
If you’re the one who applied for the voucher, you may not have access to it if you can’t pay the fees.
If that’s the case, you should consider applying for a separate voucher.
The best place to look for a voucher is in the Housing Ministry’s online application process.
The housing ministry also offers a portal to apply directly.
You can apply for either a Section 11 or Section 12 rental voucher.
The latter will give you a voucher that can be used for rent, utilities, and mortgage payments, and you can also apply for other types of vouchers.
You’ll need a rental agreement that will be in writing.
For a Section 6 voucher, the rental agreement must be in your name.
For a Section 13 voucher, it has to be signed by a legal guardian or someone authorized by you.
For Section 8 vouchers, you need to get the property’s current and valid rental agreement.
A Section 8 lease will also have to be in place.
Section 8 voucher holders must pay their own way for rent.
Rent is free for Section 8 tenants in New Zealand.
Rent from other countries is free.
You may also be eligible for a rental assistance voucher.
It’s a lump sum payment of $2,500 per month.
If your rent is less than that, you must pay rent and find a new tenant to rent from.
You can apply in person, online, or by mail.
A Section 8 tenant’s rent will also be reduced by 50 per cent for up to three years.
You won’t be eligible to get Section 8 support if your property has been vacant for more than a year.
You may still be eligible if your landlord gives you an extension of time to make a reasonable living.
If your landlord is no longer accepting Section 8 leases, you will need to apply to be rehoused.
You must pay the rental subsidy in full, regardless of the amount you pay.
The subsidy can be reduced or waived by the Housing Minister’s department, depending on your income.
If Section 8 housing is no more than 30 days a month, you don’t need to pay rent, and the subsidy can still be reduced.
You don’t have to pay any other rental assistance.
A New Zealand housing authority can apply to extend the subsidy to your new tenancy.
If the subsidy is extended, you’re entitled to a maximum of two days a week of free rent and up to 60 days of free utility use.
If no longer able to pay, you could be entitled to receive an amount of rent that’s not the subsidy you were entitled to.
If this happens, you won’t have access, but you could still get free utility and rent.
If this is the first time you’re able to rent a property, you might want to check if there’s an available Section 8 shelter.