Sunday, March 11, 2012
So- nothing new then?
"Landlords are renting unfit, filthy homes as Christchurch's rental problems worsen.
Christchurch's post-earthquake shortage of rental homes has pushed up rents and led to long queues to view homes.
Helen Gatonyi, manager of Tenants Protection, said tenants were desperate and would take almost anything. Some unscrupulous landlords were taking advantage of the situation.
She had seen homes rented with external walls full of holes, carpet wet from leaks, and mouldy curtains, and properties left dirty and unrepaired between tenancies.
"It's really, really distressing for people. They are accepting rubbish, and staying in rubbish. They know if they don't take it, somebody else will.
"There's a whole market of dumpy, awful, substandard housing now emerging..."
Yep, that sounds much like the Christchurch rental market I remember!