Rental hikes cre­ate stress

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

As Auck­land rental prices con­tinue to rise ten­ants are find­ing them­selves under in­creas­ing fi­nan­cial stress.

But one land­lord says blame is be­ing mis­di­rected.

Andy C. Sa­pu­tra moved into his Eden Ter­race stu­dio apart­ment in De­cem­ber 2015.

In April he found out that his rent will be go­ing up by 10 per cent in July.

He says his prop­erty man­ager, who works for Crock­ers Prop­erty Man­age­ment, told him his rent would in­crease from $300 per week to $330 as it’s the cur­rent mar­ket level for the area.

Sa­pu­tra’s 28 square me­tre stu­dio room is is in a newly-built apart­ment com­plex.

‘‘My rent ex­cludes elec­tric­ity and wa­ter. There is a dryer and wash­ing ma­chine I can use in a com­mu­nal area for four dol­lars a time,’’ he says.

Sa­pu­tra says he con­tacted the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment Te­nancy Ser­vices about his rent in­crease.

‘‘I was told it was le­gal as under the Res­i­den­tial Te­nan­cies Act 1986 a land­lord can put rent up af­ter 180 days.’’

With the rent in­crease, Sa­pu­tra says he may start looking for cheaper apart­ments out­side of the in­ner city.

Ac­cord­ing to the Te­nancy Ser­vices web­site the av­er­age rent for a one-bed­room unit in Eden Ter­race is $400.

Stu­dio apart­ment rent prices are not listed on the web­site.

Pam McKen­zie, Auck­land Cen­tral Bud­get­ing Con­sul­tants’ man­ager, says rent ‘‘is the biggest stress’’ for many of her clients.

‘‘If a per­son earns $1000 a week then three quar­ters of that may be go­ing on rent,’’ she says.

Sa­pu­tra has ex­pressed his con­cerns about his rent in­crease on neigh­bourly.co.nz.

John Payn­ter, who owns rental prop­er­ties in San­dring­ham and Bal­moral, has also posted a com­ment on the site from a land­lord’s per­spec­tive.

Payn­ter says his rental prices have in­creased on av­er­age of 2.7 per cent per an­num while his rates have been com­pound­ing at more than 10 per cent per an­num for the past three years.

He says prop­erty main­te­nance costs have also in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly over the 30 years that he has been a land­lord.

PHOTO: TOM CARNEGIE

Andy C. Sa­pu­tra’s rent has gone up 10 per cent in just over six months.

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