Driveway rentals new low for housing crisis

Reports that people in Auckland are looking for driveways to park and live in their cars shows how bad the housing crisis has got, the Green Party said today.

“In eight years under National we’ve become a country where for too many people, having a home to call your own is a privilege, not a right,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“We’re seeing hardworking people with jobs who can’t afford to rent a home for them and their families.

“National has turned our country into one where wages are too low to pay for decent housing, and there aren’t enough houses for families to live in.

“Wages rose 1.5% on average last year but Auckland City rents rose 4.7% on average, according to Trade Me.

“John Key says that housing wasn’t a big issue in the first few years he was Prime Minister, but that’s exactly the time when the Government should have been building more houses to stop the crisis developing.

“How bad is this housing crisis going to get before the Government takes it seriously?

“The Government needs to choose to build more affordable homes, restrict sales to overseas investors, and tax property speculators fairly,” said Mrs Turei.

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