[Auckland] Rent shock predicted as shortage gets worse

by Anne Gibson Wednesday Mar 9, 2011

Auckland faces a rent shock as the Christchurch earthquake diaspora, rising insurance premiums and the loss of a landlords’ tax break all affect demand on already scarce stock.

David Whitburn, president of the Auckland Property Investors’ Association, and Andrew King, vice-president of the NZ Property Investors Federation, predict Auckland rents will spiral by $100 to $150 a week in the next year.

That will put many three-bedroom eastern suburbs homes and city-fringe properties in the $700 to $800-a-week bracket – about $38,000 a year. The average wage is just under $1000 a week.

The two men said the earthquake and demand for rental housing would propel prices upwards. Severe under-building in the past decade would exacerbate the shortage. Big insurance rises after the quakes and the loss of depreciation tax breaks from the start of next month are other factors cited for the rent shock. …

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