What is the misconception about renting and how can renters take advantage of the rental housing market? The Renter’s Blog looks at the wider picture, the pros and cons helping you to make informed decisions to rent or own at some stage in life.
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International trends especially in developed countries throughout the EU and US show that the majority of people prefer to live in cities and are willing to pay for that convenience. I am not sure if modern lifestyle means we get either the lifestyle or make the money. Certain is we are giving it more attention and focussing on career, good income, travelling and consume.
On the other hand the land is already owned by somebody, price and land scarcity are driving up housing costs and the rental housing market. The notable answer of city planners is building more compact housing and apartments in high-rise buildings. This leads to massive demographic changes such as single households and professional couples with no kids. Who doesn’t like living close to work instead of time consuming commuting every day?
Good paid jobs in exchange to home ownership
In countries with developed industries people choose good paid jobs and social security that provides sufficient old pension funds, too. That is why people are less interested in home ownership or to retire in a mortgage free house. You see the opposite to countries with low income or rural societies. NZ is one of these countries where people still dream to retire in a mortgage free home.
Income consuming housing costs
In NZ the income consuming housing costs have divided communities in over-taxed homeowners and renters. For decades the income stagnation is visible when looking at quality and comfort of housing. The 90s added new built leaky homes to historical poor built, damp and cold homes.
Since housing politics has become the playground for politicians cities suffer from housing shortage and skyrocketing house prices. “Home affordability” is the magic term to attract voters, and that without a definition what an affordable home is. The current kiwi-build is priced around 650-700K depending on size.
To victimise renters and condemn “renting” as the second rated option is just a misleading response to global trends in developed nations and cities with plenty of lifestyle opportunities.
Current challenges for renters
Taking a neutral view about proposed changes to NZ’s renting law (Residential Tenancies Act—RTA), sad for tenants and landlords are serious contradictions and unintended side effects. One is the expected scrutiny of applicants for a tenancy (also called tenant screening process) to protect both parties. This might turn out as advantage for people with a very good renting history, but what will happen to people who don’t fit tougher selection criterions? In these days people are busy, working long hours etc, saying an application for a tenancy can become a nightmare. Saying so—I hope not.
This blog might help you to make informed decisions, when looking to improve your individual situation. You don’t necessarily need to agree with illustrated views. But re-thinking your own position and awareness might bring you ahead of the competition when applying for a tenancy.
The old stigma associated with renting
Renting is wasted money and the second option of choice, right? - Wrong! The rent in NZ is the equivalent of housing costs for
· Renters’ local taxes, levies and services paid to the council
· Reimbursement for wear and tear of your home (repairs and maintenance)
· Refunding services to finance a rental including insurance, interest payments
· Payments for services provided by the landlord, property manager, body corporate, etc
These housing costs that the landlord pays by law on tenant’s behalf are identical with home owner-occupier’s expense.
Reasons that rents have a profit margin:
· Cost management due to rental property’s nature
· Effective finance & investment structure
· Minimization of finance costs (interest payments) by increasing equity
· Income producing expenses are tax deductible
True is that home owner-occupiers spend more on housing compared with renters because of more expensive buildings (land or location), furnishing and appliances and house-proud gardens, expensive renovations and similar lifestyle decisions.
Hopefully this blog will chip away the obsolete renting stigma. As below, our blog posts illustrate areas we came across as renter. Good luck.
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