People in rental housing more likely to report housing problems

Nov 2, 2015 | Reports

Just under half of renters reported they had a problem with dampness or mould, compared with around one-quarter of home-owners.

New analysis from the 2014 General Social Survey (GSS) shows that while only 7.1 percent of New Zealand adults felt their home needed urgent or major repairs or maintenance, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) said their home needed at least some work.

“Cold was the biggest problem reported, with one-third of people in single-parent families saying their homes were often or always cold,” acting household statistics manager Mark Gordon said.

“A major factor in whether people reported cold and damp was whether or not they were renting. Groups of people who were more likely to rent were also more likely to report problems.”

Perceptions of housing quality in 2014/15 found that as well as people in single-parent families, younger adults, Māori and Pacific people were all more likely to have problems with their homes.

Of Pacific people, 43 percent (more than 4 in 10) reported their homes were often or always cold, and 15 percent said they had a serious dampness problem. However, Māori were the most likely group to say extensive repairs were needed on their homes, at 13 percent. Read more here.

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