Average rents in Auckland up by $16 to $18 a week last year but the rate of increase is continuing to slow

Average rents in Auckland up by $16 to $18 a week last year but the rate of increase is continuing to slow

The rents charged on rental properties managed by Barfoot & Thompson increased by an average of 2.5% last year, the lowest rate of increase for several years.

Barfoots is the largest real estate agency in Auckland and manages more than 16,500 residential rental properties on behalf of their investor owners.

The agency said the average rent charged on the properties it managed was $582 a week in the fourth quarter of last year, up 2.5% on the same period of 2018.

The biggest increases were for smaller one and two bedroom properties which increased by 3.1% and 3.23% respectively, while the smallest increase was for four bedroom properties, which were up by a comparatively modest 1.7%.

By area, the biggest increase was in Franklin/Manukau where the average rent was up 3.85% compared to a year earlier. The lowest increase was in the Eastern Suburbs which were up just 1.0% (see table below).

However the figures also showed that the rate at which rents increased slowed throughout 2019, with the lowest rate of increase recorded in the fourth quarter.

Last year was the first time the annual rate of increase had fallen below 3% in many years, the company said.

"During 2019, the rate of rent increase fell under 3% for the first time in many years, with figures representing an annual rise of around $16 to $18 a week for the average property," the company said in a statement released with the figures.

"In comparison, the 2018 increase was closer to $20 per week year-on-year and it was well above $20 throughout 2017."

But even with the slowing rate of growth, the average rent in Auckland was likely to hit $600 a week by the end of this year, Barfoot & Thompson director Kiri Barfoot said.

The comment stream on this story is now closed.

The Average Rents for Properties Managed by Barfoot & Thompson

You can receive all of our property articles automatically by subscribing to our free email Property Newsletter. This will deliver all of our property-related articles, including auction results and interest rate updates, directly to your in-box 3-5 times a week. We don't share your details with third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time. To subscribe just click on this link, scroll down to "Property email newsletter" and enter your email address.

We welcome your comments below. If you are not already registered, please register to comment.

Remember we welcome robust, respectful and insightful debate. We don't welcome abusive or defamatory comments and will de-register those repeatedly making such comments. Our current comment policy is here.

5 Comments

haw haw ....

House prices are going up 7% per year to infinity and beyond (according to the banks). This is why rents are only increasing between 1.03% and 3.85% per year. Seems legit.

Property investors haven't increased their rents for charitable reasons. Maybe it'll happen when inflation kicks in, which will likely go hand in hand with an increase in interest rates and wage inflation. Sure, mortgage serviceability may decrease with higher interest rates but wage inflation will likely compensate for that. As long as the investor is not leveraged with Interest Only mortgages they'll be fine.

Dont worry. CJ099 aka Phil Goff is on the case of the vacant Ghost houses. He will have them filled as quick as you can say "Housing NZ has some lovely tenants moving into this house"

its all over for the private rental sector, there is a tidal wave of redev work going on across every HNZ site I see, one house demo'd for 3 to 4 replacements brand new and very warm. If I was in rental property right now I'd be getting out. See you on the trading boards tomorrow...