Bed in garage shows shocking state of Auckland rental property market

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This is what the housing market looks like for the super-rich.

An advertisement looking for a roommate next to a car in a garage sparked outrage on the Internet and drew a violent reaction from a member of parliament.

The ad, posted on a Facebook group earlier this week, was looking for a roommate for a property in West Auckland and used photos that showed a bed set up on the concrete garage floor.

A price was not given.

The entry was removed after it went viral.  Photo / Facebook
The entry was removed after it went viral. Photo / Facebook

The release quickly drew an incredulous reaction from Aucklanders, already used to the harsh realities of the brutal Super City rental market – and ended up with the potential landlord taking cover.

“What a joke,” wrote one person.

“Anything to get $$$,” claimed another.

Several users have questioned the legality of the agreement.

The list provoked a mixture of outrage and amusement.  Photo / Facebook
The list provoked a mixture of outrage and amusement. Photo / Facebook

When the Herald contacted the man, it implied that he had been the subject of threats and blackmail attempts since the list went viral.

He has since removed the listing and others that he hosted.

Although a bed in a garage as pictured would not be a suitable bedroom for a formal lease, the rules governing private roommate agreements could result in the man finding a willing garage mate.

The unusual arrangement.  Photo / Facebook
The unusual arrangement. Photo / Facebook

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick wasn’t impressed with the offer but said it was no surprise to young Aucklanders trying to find a roof over their heads.

Swarbrick described the setup as “boiled” in an interview with Stuff.

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

She advocated more control over the rental market and additional protection for tenants, saying, “It’s really important to actually reverse some of these trends.”

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