Saturday, November 27

Frustration mounts along with Wellington rental prices


Wellington tenants are increasingly angered by the disrepair of many of the capital’s apartments as the city enters the pre-Christmas apartment hunting season.

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Renters are leaving unhealthy and expensive homes realizing they have to pay even more to find a roof that doesn’t leak and walls that aren’t hairy.

Oscar, Lewis, William, and Finn collectively pay $ 1000 a week to rent their four-bedroom home in Mount Victoria.

College sophomores are moving in in a few days and the new tenant announcement shows that the rent is rising to $ 1,200.

That means an equitable rent split would be $ 300 per person with bills on top.

Oscar thought a 20 percent rent increase for new tenants was “criminal.”

Mold covers the walls and ceilings of the house in Wellington's Mount Victoria which is currently advertised to rent for $ 1200 per week.

Mold covers the walls and ceilings of a home in Wellington’s Mount Victoria that is currently advertised to rent for $ 1,200 per week.
Photo: RNZ / Jake McKee

Why? The ceilings were covered in mold and the rotting bathroom floor came off the wall leaving a gap like an open window.

Lewis and William had to move their beds away from their bedroom walls due to a leaky roof.

Lewis said a repair was done about two months ago, but the leaks returned after a night of heavy rain.

He said it was not comfortable at all.

“I really don’t have the money to buy more bedding and I hate the idea of ​​leaving something there under the water that could get damaged.”

Finn said they wanted to tell potential tenants to run away, but were “scared of what real estate companies might do to them.”

He said the “Lease Court is good … but there’s still a void of strangers, you know, rumors and things like that, blacklists.”

The property owner has been contacted for comment.

Mold covers the walls and ceilings of the house in Wellington's Mount Victoria which is currently advertised to rent for $ 1200 per week.

Mold covers the walls and ceilings of a home in Wellington’s Mount Victoria that is currently advertised to rent for $ 1,200 per week.
Photo: RNZ / Jake McKee

Meanwhile, Oscar said that renting in Wellington is difficult.

He said the group was already having trouble paying their rent, but they were paying even more to be able to move to a better place.

Oscar said they had all worked part-time jobs all year – “but that money runs out” – and that their parents supported them.

“But that sucks because if we could, I’m sure we wouldn’t all be asking our parents for money because we want to be independent adults,” he said.

It wasn’t just the students who were fighting.

Ben works in the public sector and had lived in a three-bedroom Oriental Bay apartment for three years.

But he and his roommates would likely move out when the lease ended because the rent would increase from $ 680 a week to $ 1,000 next year.

Ben didn’t think any of his rooms were worth the rent increase, especially since a leak they had been asking to be fixed was only spreading.

He said many people he knew were beginning to question whether “Wellington was worth living when it is so expensive for such a horrible place to live”, especially when the quality of housing was deteriorating “but you pay more and more every year” . .


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