Alanah Eriksen is the New Zealand Herald's deputy chief of staff

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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