Skyrocketing rents matching record inflation

Rents around the country are rising at the same rate of record inflation and hit a median of $575 a week in March.

Wednesday, April 27th 2022

Inflation hit a 6.9% high in the first quarter of this year and rents rose 7% year-on-year to the end of March, Trade Me’s latest Rental Price Index shows.

In Taranaki median weekly rent grew by a whopping 18% year-on-year to reach $530 in March.

For landlords the Bay of Plenty had a standout month with the median weekly rent growing by 9% to reach $600 for the first time on record. The Manawatū/Whanganui median weekly rent also fell into a new bracket at $500 for the first time marking a whopping 14% year-on-year increase. Waikato median weekly rents reached $520, up 7%.

Trade Me property sales director says it is hard news for renters, who are having to fork out significantly more for everyday items across the board, , including housing costs.

While rents are skyrocketing in some areas, when compared with February, there was no change in the national median weekly rent.

Both supply and demand slow down

Nationwide, the number of rental properties available dropped by 6% last month when compared with March 2021. The majority of regions saw fewer rental listings last month than in March last year, with the biggest drops in Nelson/Tasman (down 39%), Canterbury (down 33%), and Otago (down 23%).

Notably, two main centres flouted this trend, with Wellington (up 7%) and Auckland (up 2%). The Manawatū/Whanganui region was the only other spot where supply increased during March, up 8% year-on-year.

However, when compared with February on a month-on-month basis, the number of rentals available on Trade Me increased by 5% last month.”

There were also fewer prospective tenants last month when compared with March 2021. Nationwide demand for rentals fell by 7% year-on-year. There was also a 3% drop in rental demand during March when compared with February.

Auckland rents remain at all-time high

Across the Auckland region median weekly rent rose 3% year-on-year to $610 in March, matching the previous record-high first recorded in January. In Auckland city, the median weekly rent was $590, showing a 5% year-on-year increase.”

The most expensive Auckland districts in March were North Shore, Rodney, and Papakura, which all had a median weekly rent of $650.

Demand in the Auckland region was down by 13% year-on-year in March, while supply increased by 2%.

During March, the most popular rental listing in the Auckland region was a four-bedroom house on Youngs Grove, in Franklin. The property had a weekly rent of $680 and received 90 enquiries in its first two days on site.

Porirua continues to be expensive

In the Wellington region, the median weekly rent rose 7% year-on-year to reach $630 in March. When compared with the month prior, this marked a drop of 5% for the region.”

The highest median weekly rent in the region was in Porirua ($670), followed by Wellington city, ($635) and Lower Hutt ($630).
supply in the region increased by 7% in March, while demand dropped by 14%.

The most popular listing in the Wellington region last month was a two-bedroom unit on Hobbs Grove, Epuni. The $495-a-week property received 85 enquiries in its first two days onsite.”


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