The community housing that Southland District Council provides, enables eligible residents to remain living in their local community.

If you would like further information concerning community housing, please contact the Community Housing Tenancy Coordinator at 0800 732 732 or email


  • units will be let primarily to persons being 60 years of age and older, or to those other persons that are considered to be in need of community housing
  • in the event of there being more than one person to be considered for placement, it shall be decided by order of priority
  • where a unit has been vacant for two months and there is no known demand from those priority persons, then the unit may be let to any person, provided that the person is considered appropriate to be placed in a community housing environment.

Community housing locations

There are a total of 69 community houses throughout the district located in the following areas. See the table below.

Location Address Number of houses
Edendale Pioneer Place 10
Edendale Seaward Road 1
Lumsden Tauna Street 4
Nightcaps Annan Street 6
Ohai Birchwood Road 5
Otautau Rochdale Street 1
Otautau King Street 4
Riversdale York Road 2
Riverton Havelock Street, Trotter Court 8
Riverton Havelock Street, Jacobs Court 4
Tuatapere Orawia Road 8
Winton Queen Street 6
Wyndham Menzies Court 10

Rental reviews

Rental for all community housing properties will be reviewed on an annual basis. Please refer to the Southland District Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges for the current rental charges.

How to apply

Please download a housing application using the link below and email the completed form to or drop it off at your nearest Southland District Council office. 

You can also pick up a form from your local Southland District Council office. Our offices are located in Invercargill, Lumsden, Otautau, Riverton, Te Anau, Winton, and Wyndham. 

Make an enquiry

If you have any further queries or need help with the application ring the community housing tenancy coordinator on 0800 732 732 or you can ask us a question by clicking on the link below. 

Make an enquiry online

Tenant request for repairs and maintenance

If you require repairs or maintenance you can ring us on 0800 732 732 or if the situation is not urgent click the link below to request maintenance and repairs online. 

Request repairs & maintenance online