Housing Act 1955

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Reprint as at 1 July 2006

Housing Act 1955

Public Act1955 No 51
Date of assent21 October 1955
Commencement21 October 1955


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Department of Building and Housing.



1 Short title

2 Interpretation

Part 1
State houses

3 Powers of Minister in relation to State housing

3A Relationship to Resource Management Act 1991

4 Crown land may be set apart for State housing purposes

5 Power to take land for State housing purposes

6 Power to purchase land, dwellings, etc, for State housing purposes

7 Land, etc, to be acquired in name of Crown

8 Development of State housing land

9 Power to erect and repair dwellings

10 Access ways and service lanes [Repealed]

11 Vesting of roads, streets, etc

12 Building line restrictions [Repealed]

13 Procedure for declaring certain drains to be public drains, and for setting apart State housing land as a reserve

14 Power to hold and dispose of shares in company formed to erect flats

Disposal of State housing land

15 Disposal of State housing land by sale or lease

16 Sale of State housing land

17 Licences to occupy

18 Registration of agreements and licences

19 Leases and tenancies

19A Special provisions applying to rent payable under leases and tenancies of State housing land

20 Power to adjust rents [Repealed]

21 Power of Corporation to require information, and to terminate sales and leases where false information is furnished

22 Acceptance of money after giving of notice rescinding agreement for sale

23 Recovery of possession of land


24 Power to grant easements, etc

25 Corporation may issue easement certificates

26 Pipeline certificates

27 Right of way certificates

28 Party wall certificates

29 Registration of easement certificates

30 Easement certificate to be evidence of compliance with Act

Part 2
Accounts and miscellaneous


31 Abolition of Housing Account

32 Payments to be made to and by the Corporation

33 Corporation to pay money not required for housing purposes to Crown Bank Account

34 Annual report


35 Stamp duty [Repealed]

36 Execution of documents

37 Restriction on registration of instruments

38 Cancellation of restrictions imposed under former legislation on freehold titles in respect of dwellings

39 Corporation agent of the Crown

40 Regulations

41 Consequential amendments

42 Repeals and savings

Schedule 1
Amendments consequential on abolition of Housing Account

Schedule 2
Enactments repealed

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).