Raglan brimming with houses, but few to rent

Long Lunch 02/11/2018
Raglan, New Zealand. Photo: Getty.

Raglan’s stunning scenery may not look so bright for people looking for a rental property, according to a local housing advocate.

Close to 30 percent of Raglan homes are unoccupied holiday homes, according to a mid-2017 report to Waikato District Council.

Meanwhile, several hundred baches are listed on popular booking sites such as Airbnb and Bookabach.  

Fiona McNabb, lead of the Whāingaroa Raglan Affordable Housing Project, says locals are turning to unconventional methods to find a decent rental property.

According to Ms McNabb, many renters will find their property through word of mouth rather than scouring empty listing.

“People sort of hand them on, so to speak,” she told RadioLIVE.

Raglan’s median household income is $55,000 when inflation is applied to the median income from the 2013 census.

“For that level of income, a $600,000 house is just not affordable. So we really do have to start thinking outside the usual paradym of housing that we’ve been following forever, really.”

The Whāingaroa Raglan Affordable Housing Project will host a forum on Saturday for the Raglan community to learn about how to make homes more affordable and explore solutions for the future.

“The solutions need to come from the community and from people that are in the problem.”

Listen to the full interview with Fiona McNabb above.

The Long Lunch with Lynda Hallinan, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.