Army houses, land could aid quake city

5:30 pm on 20 April 2012

Unused Defence Force properties at Burnham Army Camp, just outside Christchurch, may be made available to help with the housing shortage caused by the Canterbury earthquakes.

An increase in displaced homeowners looking for temporary homes and an influx of tradespeople heading to the city has lead to fears of a housing crisis.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's deputy general manager of operations, Baden Ewart, says it has been in discussion with the Defence Force about 34 unused homes at Burnham being rented out, along with other properties which may become available.

Homes woulld need a reasonable amount of work to be habitable.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's general manager of operations, Baden Ewart, says it also sees potential in relocating Crown-owned residential red-zoned properties into vacant Defence Force land if possible.

Mr Ewart says tenants won't be able to walk into military areas.

Both parties say discussions are at an early stage, and they are still working through the options.