Declining home ownership among older people throws a spotlight on tenure insecurity. Almost 97,000 people aged 65 and older live in rental accommodation now, and this is expected to rise rapidly as younger renters reach retirement. Older tenants are potentially marginalised in a highly competitive rental market with few provisions relating to tenure security.
New Zealand’s housing stock is relatively homogenous, poorly aligned with changing population needs and growing household diversity. There is evidence of problems in the delivery of appropriate housing for the ageing population.
This report has been developed to think about the ‘housing older people would choose’ by reviewing research data from New Zealand primary research into older people’s housing choices and patterns of residential movement. It focuses on what the platform of research tells us about: the characteristics and amenities that older people consider important in their housing and living environment; the re