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Indicator 14: landlords

Discussion

Renting is considered less secure than owning a home. However, home ownership has become less affordable for many New Zealanders, resulting in an increase in the number of households living in rented accommodation. This indicator focuses on the various types of landlord activity in the New Zealand rental market.

Landlords providing rental accommodation can be broken down into four broad categories: private, Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC), local authority/city council and other state-owned entities.

The majority of rental accommodation in New Zealand is provided by private landlords. In 2006, 81.8 percent of all New Zealand households paying rent for the dwelling they occupy had private landlords. There is a large amount of regional variation: in Porirua City 55.9 percent of renting households had private landlords, while in the Rodney District the figure was 97.3 percent. Timaru District was closer to the national figure at 82.0 percent.

Graph, Percentage of Households Renting from Private Landlords.

Tables

8.0 Percentage of households by sector of landlords for households paying rent for the private dwelling they occupy, 1996, 2001, 2006
8.1 Mean number of bedrooms by sector of landlord for households in dwellings paying rent for the private dwelling they occupy, 1996, 2001, 2006

Specifications

  • Data source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings
  • Frequency: five yearly (available from 1996 onwards)
  • Geographic level of data availability: New Zealand, regional council, territorial authority and urban area. Data may be available down to area unit level subject to confidentiality.
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