B22 - Renting
Rental properties are available throughout New Zealand, with a range of options offered across different sectors of the rental market.
You can find out more about the different options at:
Only council rentals cater specifically for the older population.
HNZ, CHPs and council rental properties may require income and asset testing.
Private, council and CHP renters may be eligible for the Accommodation Supplement, depending on individual circumstances (see B5 Accommodation Supplement).
- Renting offers you flexibility to move and experience new neighbourhoods.
- The landlord is responsible for all costs in upkeep/maintenance on the property.
- Generally, renters can expect to live in a council, CHP and HNZ rental for a long time, but private rentals are often less stable.
- Rents can go up over time.
- Renting involves the upfront costs of paying a bond and rent in advance.
- You may also need to purchase furniture or items such as appliances and curtains that are not supplied by your landlord.
- It can be difficult to get home modifications made to rental properties, for example, a wetarea shower or a ramp, as any modifications must be approved by the landlord.
- There may be restrictions on what you can do in the property, such as having a pet, taking in a boarder, or smoking may not be allowed.
What do I need in order to take this option?
Suitable rental properties need to be available in your area.
Could this option limit my future choices?
Yes, depending on your lease agreement, you may be committed to staying in a rental property for a set period of time and must leave it in a good condition or you will forfeit
For more information
Tenancy Services. See: www.tenancy.govt.nz and:
for the best source of market rent data for all regions around the country.
Tenancy Services: See
for information about the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.