PHOTO: STUFF The capital’s rental market is already tight, as students seeking a new home return for the year.

Renters are being advised to take extraordinary measures to secure a home in Wellington’s crowded market.

Scores of hopeful tenants can be found at any flat viewing in the capital, a situation only expected to get worse as students return in February.

Student Lily MacMillan, 18, has applied for about 50 flats and rooms to rent with friend Monique since August 2018.

“We’re not really in the position to be picky … I’ve noticed a lot of flats that have internal rooms, with no windows, which seems unusual to me.”