Renting in Auckland ... Eek!
Renting in Auckland: Experts warn it could get worse in 2020
Study says rents in most cities are unaffordable for lower-income earners
A new analysis suggests a minimum-wage worker could afford to rent in just a few neighbourhoods in Canada. The report defines "affordable" rent as 30 per cent or less of a renter's pre-tax income. Someone earning minimum wage would only be able to...
"It's pretty s...," he said.
"It's not going to get better anytime soon. We're still not building enough houses. It's going to take it many decades to get on top of the housing crisis."
A tiny "apartment" for rent for $360 per week, marketed as being suitable for up to two people, was later found to be too small to house even a single tenant.
Eaqub said in Queenstown, low-wage workers were turning to even more extreme measures, such as hot bedding.
"Everyone needs shelter. You live where you can afford to live."
New Zealand Centre of Sustainable Cities director Philippa Howden-Chapman compared solving the housing crisis to losing weight – "there's not a simple solution to it".
She said sharing beds with flatmates was a "totally inappropriate" option for adults and resembled the conditions of Victorian-era New York.
"It's very sub-statisfactory. We've moved on from that."
The latest census data showed the poorest fifth of households were spending about half their incomes on housing costs.
James Crow, founder of advocacy group Gimme Shelter Aotearoa, said living in flats where tenants shared bunk beds or similar situations worked for some people.
But those who were dealing with other health or social issues could be "preyed upon" by the landlords or tenants renting or subletting that type of accommodation.
"It's a problem that I don't think we should be seeing people trying to solve this way but it's a reality," he said.
"Until we have enough suitable affordable housing in Auckland we're going to see more of these, let's be honest, innovative ideas where people are trying to solve it the best they can."
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