Bed in a garage: Auckland property listing slammed by MP

An advertisement seeks tenants for a garage in Te Atatū, a suburb of Auckland.

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An advertisement seeks tenants for a garage in Te Atatū, a suburb of Auckland.

A rental ad in Auckland showing a bed in a garage was slammed by an MP and a tenants’ union.

The pictures, posted on a Facebook group in West Auckland looking for roommates, showed a bed right next to a silver limousine in a garage.

Also in the room was a small table with a plant and a chair.

It was unclear what price the landlord was charging. When approaching Things The landlord hung up immediately for a comment. Since then, they’ve published another listing for $ 225 a week that features various pictures of the interior of what appears to be the same property.

Renters United spokesman Geordie Rogers said the listing in Te Atatu was an “unfortunate reality” of the rental market. He said there are many people across Aotearoa who live in similar circumstances.

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“It’s pretty likely that a property like this would be rented out if it were in a roommate situation,” said Rogers.

The advertising is a clear “symptom of the market,” he said.

“What matters is that there are not enough apartments for people and when there are not enough apartments for people, those who have access to these apartments can decide where and how people can live.”

Ads for unsuitable accommodations were becoming more common, with the listing popping up “every two weeks,” he said.

Chloe Swarbrick, MP for Auckland Central and the Green Party, described the advertisement as “boiled”.

When Stuff spoke to him, the landlord hung up immediately.

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When Stuff spoke to him, the landlord hung up immediately.

“Most young Aucklanders, oddly enough, would not be particularly shocked by the condition of the apartments many of us have lived in,” said Swarbrick.

Housing situations like this would not be addressed unless there was a “seismic shift” in rental rules and standards, she said.

Rogers said it depends on the lease agreement whether the garage is a legal home.

The garage is very unlikely to meet building codes and be considered a bedroom if signed under a mandatory lease, he said.

It would be different, however, if it were a private agreement between roommates.

“We see a lot of abuse in the market around the roommate situation and there people get away with such properties.

Chloe Swarbrick, the Auckland Central MP, described the ad as

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Chloe Swarbrick, the Auckland Central MP, described the ad as “boiled”.

“This is also where we see most of the overcrowding and real estate. We have people who normally wouldn’t live in the same room, share bunk beds or something to make renting more affordable, ”said Rogers.

Swarbrick said a landlord register and lease on the fitness system were urgently needed.

“We drop the ambulance so often at the foot of the cliff [despite] all of this is obviously mixed up.

“And that’s why it’s really important to actually reverse some of these trends,” she said.

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