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Auckland City Centre and Rural South Outpace the Rest of Rent Market

Auckland City Centre and Rural South Outpace the Rest of Rent Market

Weekly rents in the Franklin/Rural Manukau area and city centre have jumped over 5.8 per cent, latest statistics reveal.

By: Sally Lindsay

9 August 2023

The average weekly rent for an Auckland home reached $642.28 at the end of June, up 3.37 per cent or $20.95 on the same time last year.

Barfoot & Thompson’s property management general manager, Samantha Arnold, says the change is in keeping with the pace of increases over the previous two years, which ranged between 2.97 and 3.35 per cent.

“Consistency has returned to Auckland’s rental market after the disruption caused by the pandemic in early 2020,” Arnold says.

“Alongside a return to more typical market conditions, we are also seeing a smoothing in the numbers as rental increases are restricted to once a year for existing tenancies.”

However, two parts of the city stood out in the data drawn from more than 17,000 rental properties across the region: the Franklin/Rural Manukau area with a 6.59 per cent rise in its average weekly rent, and the city centre with a 5.86 per cent rise.

“These areas have clearly been a driving force behind this quarter’s increase,” Arnold says.

The Franklin and rural Manukau area has seen higher than typical price increases since mid-2022 and is likely in a cycle of adjusting to increasing demand.  

This is a broad area of more rural suburbs either side of the Southern Motorway including Beachlands, Clevedon and Kawakawa Bay to the east and Karaka, Pukekohe and Waiuku to the west. Arnold says there will be many factors at play.

On average, it’s the most affordable area to rent in Auckland, second only to central city apartments.  

Arnold says it’s also a fast-growing area, with busy pockets of residential and commercial development attracting more people to live and work there.  

“A larger proportion of new build properties could also be contributing to the rise, and at the same time there is a slight dip in the number of homes available for rent, which could be putting pressure on new tenancy pricing.”

In the city centre, the apartment market only regained its strength last quarter as workers, students and tourists returned at scale following the pandemic.  

Previously, the market had been down and stagnant for several years, with price changes hovering below 1 per cent until finally rebounding to 3.46 per cent at the end of March 2023. 

This quarter, it’s up a further 5.86 per cent, or $30.03 on the average weekly rent.

City centre apartments now attract an average weekly rent of about $542.16, compared to a pre-pandemic average of $520.64 in late 2019.

The low number of rental properties available in the central city is also a factor, Arnold says. “The recent influx of workers, students and working holidaymakers to Auckland is putting increasing pressure on an already historically short supply and we anticipate this will continue for some time.”