rent freeze

PHOTO: Robert Whitaker, left, and Ashok Jacob from Renters United. Photo credit: RNZ

Tenants around the country are looking at rent increases of up to 30 percent as a freeze comes to an end, says a renters advocacy group.

The Government put a stop to rent increases from the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in March until Friday – meaning landlords can now increase rental prices for the first time since the initial lockdown.

On Parliament’s lawn today, a small group from Renters United chanted “rent freeze, please don’t go” and asked politicians to commit to supporting fairer rents and solutions to housing supply.

Renters United’s Ashok Jacob – who is facing a rent increase himself – said some tenants were now facing rises of $100 per week.