Annual rent increases in Auckland continue, but among lowest in a decade 



The average weekly rent for a home in Auckland was $609.89 in December 2021, finishing the year 2.89 per cent above December 2020’s average of $592.79.

While the end-of-year figures show the continued upward trend in rents across the city, and are nudging another milestone of $610 per week, they also place 2021’s rental price movements among the lowest in a decade.

“The year-on-year price changes we track across our portfolio puts 2021 in the third lowest position for the rate of rent increases, compared to the movements we’ve seen over the past ten years,” explains Barfoot & Thompson Director Kiri Barfoot.

“Only 2020’s 1.81 per cent rise – unique in having a six-month freeze on rents during New Zealand’s first lockdown, and 2019’s 2.58 per cent rise, were lower.”

The height of movement was between December 2014 and 2015 when, off the back of constrained supply and significant growth in house prices, the average Auckland rent rose 6.73 per cent, or more than $31 per week, on the year before.

“In contrast, the average Auckland home currently costs around $17 more per week than it did a year ago.”

Ms Barfoot notes the bumpy period of lockdowns, rent freezes and changes in demand – such as in the central city, meant many factors were at play in the last couple of years’ of data.

“Rental price rises are now more likely driven by increases in the cost of operating a rental property than property values, while other factors, such as increased supply through new builds in Auckland, help to balance that dynamic.”

She noted a small ‘catchup’ from 2020’s freeze on rents may also be having an impact on the numbers.

Looking ahead, the impact of tightened lending on the first home buyer and investor markets, the lack of tax deductibility for landlords, increases in interest costs and rising inflation are likely to show in the coming months.

Regionally, properties in the south and west of the city continued to see the highest rate of increase at 4.72 and 4.19 per cent respectively, while 4-bedroom homes rose the most across property sizes, up 3.33%.

Average weekly rent received across Auckland – December 2021

 

No Bedrooms

 

 

 

 

Year-on-year % increase

Focus area

1

2

3

4

5+

Average by Focus Area

Rodney

$377.81

$495.44

$595.35

$723.86

$965.50

$616.54

2.85 %

North Shore

$428.61

$523.89

$645.62

$791.98

$822.66

$655.62

1.97 %

West Auckland

$378.29

$485.44

$571.06

$677.81

$835.00

$571.97

4.19 %

Central Auckland

$405.82

$597.02

$869.51

$851.88

$1,185.89

$509.70

-0.02 %

Central Auckland West

$460.18

$573.85

$753.78

$897.21

$1,112.23

$681.96

1.33 %

Central Auckland East

$397.15

$526.20

$670.24

$848.09

$1,163.53

$646.26

2.64 %

Eastern Suburbs

$415.16

$559.31

$720.91

$931.48

$856.42

$688.20

2.56 %

Pakuranga/Howick

$397.25

$501.85

$615.88

$735.41

$774.03

$659.32

3.06 %

South Auckland

$338.18

$450.16

$560.57

$664.59

$661.80

$548.94

4.72 %

Franklin/Rural Manukau

$346.16

$417.29

$502.79

$595.54

$965.50

$512.24

2.78 %

Average by No Bedrooms

$396.42

$515.70

$615.65

$746.04

$912.24

$609.89

2.89%

Year-on-year % increase

3.13%

2.82%

3.33%

2.68%

2.85%

2.89%

 

 

Year ending 31 December

Average Auckland rent

$ difference

% difference

2012

 $425.70

 $15.98

3.90%

2013

 $448.31

 $22.61

5.31%

2014

 $471.42

 $23.11

5.15%

2015

 $503.15

 $31.73

6.73%

2016

 $527.67

 $24.52

4.87%

2017

 $550.79

 $23.12

4.38%

2018

 $567.60

 $16.81

3.05%

2019

 $582.24

 $14.64

2.58%

2020

 $592.79

 $10.55

1.81%

2021

 $609.89

 $17.10

2.88%

The tables above are based on statistics drawn from a portfolio of approximately 16,000+ Auckland rental properties managed by Barfoot & Thompson during December 2021 compared to the same period in previous years. This includes both existing and newly signed tenancies.

Please note: The company has recently moved to a new data tracking system, which may see minor differences in the samples used within previous updates. It also includes a finer breakdown in focus areas to include sub-sets of the Auckland central area. 

Monthly rental statistic reports are also available on the Barfoot & Thompson website under ‘Market Reports’. 

For further information contact Kiri Barfoot, Barfoot & Thompson, 021 885 502, www.barfoot.co.nz  

Released on behalf of Barfoot & Thompson by Network Communication: Megan Green, 027 221 7126, [email protected]

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