Housing Act 1955

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Housing Act 1955

Public Act
1955 No 51
Date of assent
21 October 1955
21 October 1955

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


1Short title
2AMinister may exclusively administer land declared subject to this section
3Powers of Minister in relation to State housing
3ARelationship to Resource Management Act 1991
4Crown land may be set apart for State housing purposes
5Power to take land for State housing purposes
6Power to purchase land, dwellings, etc, for State housing purposes
7Land, etc, to be acquired in name of Crown
8Development of State housing land
9Power to erect and repair dwellings
10Access ways and service lanes [Repealed]
11Vesting of roads, streets, etc
12Building line restrictions [Repealed]
13Procedure for declaring certain drains to be public drains, and for setting apart State housing land as a reserve
14Power to hold and dispose of shares in company formed to erect flats
15Disposal of State housing land by sale or lease
16Sale of State housing land
17Licences to occupy
18Registration of agreements and licences
19Leases and tenancies
19ASpecial provisions applying to rent payable under leases and tenancies of State housing land
20Power to adjust rents [Repealed]
21Power of Corporation to require information, and to terminate sales and leases where false information is furnished
22Acceptance of money after giving of notice rescinding agreement for sale
23Recovery of possession of land
24Power to grant easements, etc
25Corporation may issue easement certificates
26Pipeline certificates
27Right of way certificates
28Party wall certificates
29Registration of easement certificates
30Easement certificate to be evidence of compliance with Act
31Abolition of Housing Account
32Payments to be made to and by the Corporation
33Corporation to pay money not required for housing purposes to Crown Bank Account
34Annual report
35Stamp duty [Repealed]
36Execution of documents
37Restriction on registration of instruments
38Cancellation of restrictions imposed under former legislation on freehold titles in respect of dwellings
39Corporation agent of the Crown
41Consequential amendments
42Repeals and savings
Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the Housing Act 1919 and certain other enactments of the Parliament of New Zealand relating to State housing

Title: amended, on 1 January 1987, pursuant to section 29(2) of the Constitution Act 1986 (1986 No 114).