The condition of owned and rented housing in Aotearoa New Zealand

White, Vicki; Ferguson, Alexander; Goodyear, Rosemary; Saville-Smith, Kay

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

Using a national housing assessment survey and information on housing tenure, this paper explores the distribution of a range of indicators of housing condition, comparing between owned and rented stock. On average across Aotearoa New Zealand, rental dwellings are more likely to be in a poorer state of repair and experience higher rates of visible mould than owner-occupied dwellings. However, insulation levels did not differ significantly. This finding could be indicative of the requirements for insulation in rentals taking effect. Participation rates of different population subgroups in the survey will have affected these results.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

Media article: Renting in retirement: Divorce, financial shocks and illness revealed in new research
When: 4 August 2021
What: NZ Herald article by reporter Ben Leahy
Reporter Ben Leahy discusses recent BBHTC research in a special edition of the New Zealand Population Review journal with researcher Dr Kay Saville-Smith. >> Read More.

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Housing, housing condition, surveys, tenure, renting, homeownership

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Housing; housing condition; surveys; tenure


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha

Journal paper

Citation – Kupu Hautoa

White, V., Ferguson, A., Goodyear, R. & Saville-Smith, K. (2021). The condition of owned and rented housing in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Population Review, 47, 108–144. Special Edition: Housing at the heart of place, people and population.