Alanah Eriksen

Alanah Eriksen is the New Zealand Herald's property reporter, and assistant chief reporter.

Plenty of choice, but too expensive

Thomas Sutton wants an affordable property for himself and his 3-year-old daughter, Chanelle. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Thomas Sutton wants an affordable property for himself and his 3-year-old daughter, Chanelle. Photo / Sarah Ivey

Single dad Tommy Sutton has looked at about 10 rental properties in two weeks in South Auckland but all have been out of his price range.

The 50-year-old wants a two-bedroom home for himself and 3-year-old daughter Chanelle as his current house is infested with roaches and "needs a lot of work".

But it's going to cost up to $500, which he cannot afford. The beneficiary is currently paying about $320 for his two-bedroom home in Mt Wellington.

He has been looking in the same area and further out in Manukau but is struggling to find anything suitable.

"It's not that there is a shortage of places, it's the price," Mr Sutton said. "Times are a little bit tough at the moment ... I just want somewhere that's a reasonable size with a reasonable kitchen."

2 bedrooms at $1673 a month

Elise Wilson and Edward Waaka live in a tiny terraced home in Mt Albert - but they've been slapped with an extra $858 a year in rent.

They were told by their property management company the increase is to cope with rate rises.

Their two-bedroom home with one bathroom costs $1673 a month, up from $1607. "I just think it's a lot for what the house is," Miss Wilson, 24, said.

"We have a small garden and our second bedroom is so small you could probably only fit a single bed in there," she said. "And we only have one off-street park which is shared with our neighbours."

- NZ Herald

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