The earthquakes that hit the Canterbury region in 2010/11 destroyed a significant amount of rental housing and damaged many homes. This has resulted in reduced supply, increased demand and increases in rental costs. The average weekly rent in the Greater Christchurch area has increased 31% since August 2010i. Tenants are significantly affected by issues of affordability, accessibility and suitability of rental housing.
The TPA rental survey is a response to the concerns expressed by many tenants across Canterbury with these rent increases and with the quality of their housing.
This report considers the results of the survey which asked tenants questions about rent increases, quality of rental housing and the effects of rising rents on tenants’ well-being post-earthquakes.