PHOTO: MARK TAYLOR/STUFF – Louw Roodt is building a house in Morrinsville after being put off my section prices and development contribution costs in Hamilton.

Homebuyers are turning their backs on Hamilton in pursuit of cheaper builds in surrounding districts.

And the rising cost of development in the city comes with a warning for renters, with one Hamilton landlord predicting council regulations will push rents skyward in the next few years.

Louw Roodt​ and his family decided to build in Morrinsville after selling their house in Flagstaff, Hamilton.



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