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Sector of Landlord


'Sector of landlord' is the institutional unit to which the owners of rented or leased private dwellings belong. Landlord refers to the type of organisation or person from whom households rent or lease private occupied dwellings.

Relationship to questionnaire(s)

Data on sector of landlord comes from question 10 on the dwelling form (PDF 783kb).

Subject population

The subject population is the people, families, households or dwellings to whom the variable applies.

The subject population for this variable is households who make rent payments in rented private occupied dwellings.

Note: To get the correct subject population and correct data for sector of landlord, it is necessary to select the 'dwelling not owned by usual resident(s), who make rent payments' category from the 'tenure of household' variable. Otherwise sector of landlord data will include data for households who do not rent the dwelling they live in and whose tenure of household falls into other categories, such as the 'owning' categories.

Non-response rate

The 2006 non-response rate was 1.1 percent, however, 4.5 percent answered 'don't know' to this question.

In 2001 the non-response rate was 1.8 percent and 4.1 percent answered 'don't know'.

Quality Management Strategy priority level

Sector of landlord is a defining variable.

The Census Quality Management Strategy assigns a priority level to all census variables.

Defining variables cover key subject populations that are important for policy development, evaluation or monitoring. These variables are given secondary priority in terms of quality, time and resources across all phases of the 2006 Census.

All data must meet minimum quality standards in order to make it suitable for use.

Comparability with 1996 and 2001 Census data

There are issues affecting the comparability of this data with 1996 and 2001 Census data:

  • There has been a change in the questionnaire and classification – 'private person, trust or business' is now one category. In 2001, these were three separate categories. Aggregating the three categories used in 2001 allows comparison with 2006 data.

Significant issues

There is an undercount of households renting from Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) and other agencies.

Comparing census data with Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) data indicates that there was an undercount of approximately 25 percent in 2006, and approximately 15 percent in 2001. It is not possible to give exact figures, as the HNZC data relates to a different time period and could include dwellings that were unoccupied at the time of the census.

The undercount is largely due to respondent error in filling out the tenure related questions and a high non-response rate for these households. Only households that responded yes to question 11 'does this household pay rent' and gave valid responses for both sections of question 12 'how much rent does this household pay' can be included in the subject population.

Other things to be aware of

  • All census data was subject to considerable checks (including edits) during processing and evaluation, to ensure that it meets quality standards and is suitable for use. These checks were applied to data supplied both on paper and on Internet forms. In addition to these quality checks, the Internet form had built-in editing functionality that directed respondents to the appropriate questions and ensured that their responses were valid. As a result of this, data from Internet forms may be of higher overall quality than data from paper forms. The significance of this will depend on the particular type of analysis being done.
  • There were differences between how the forms were completed on the Internet and on paper for this variable:
    • The Internet form allowed only one response to be selected for the sector of landlord question. If a further response was selected, the response given previously disappeared. Multiple responses to this question were possible when forms were completed on paper.
    • If the respondent answered 'yes' to owning or partly owning the dwelling, the sector of landlord question was greyed out on the Internet form and could not be answered. When forms were filled in on paper, it was possible for the respondent to miss the routing and answer the sector of landlord question after ticking 'yes' to owning or partly owning the dwelling.
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