A Wellington property developer has come to the rescue of students struggling to find short-term accommodation.
The Wellington Company has decided to open up empty rooms at its Willis Street complex for those who desperately need a roof over their heads – but just for the next 10 days.
With a simple kitchen and bathroom, a couple of beds and wide open plan, the room Checkpoint was shown today was ready and waiting for students to rent.
Renting one of the rooms costs just $20 a day.
The property business bought the building late last year and after hearing how much people were struggling to find a roof over their heads, it created pop-up accommodation as a short-term option.
It floated the idea of offering about 20 rooms to students on Facebook today, and has already received a flurry of phone calls, messages and emails.
Director Ian Cassels admitted his idea may be a little too late, but he still hoped it would help.
“I’m focused on waste and waste is, I think, a empty building for 12 weeks is a wasteful thing – so it is a value to the city – it gives us more options. It gives us the ability to do this sort of thing, which I think is great,” he said.