Rental homes across Nelson are being snapped up almost as quickly as they’re going on the market, which is great for landlords, but not so great for those looking for a rental property.
Harcourts Nelson property manager Kate Motley says an increase in demand for rental homes has forced some families into living in motels and hotels until something becomes available.
“Homes are going in a couple of days, and in some cases they aren’t being advertised because I’ve found a good fit before it even comes to the market,” she says.
The increase in demand had come from an influx of people moving to the Nelson region, many permanently but some on fixed-term work contracts, Kate says.
“We’ve had an influx of people from the UK and Europe, and also a lot of people from Auckland; Nelson has a good lifestyle, there haven’t been the earthquakes [here], it’s a desirable area.”
With such a high demand for rental homes, landlords have the ability to be more particular about who they rent their homes to, and prospective tenants need to keep this in mind, Kate says.
Successful renters are generally those who are organised, and come to home viewings armed with applications and personal details ready to go, she says.
Things like a bad credit history and pets can be enough to put a landlord off, but ultimately it comes down to references, Kate says.
“You can get references for animals; be proactive and ask your previous landlords for references about your pets, it all helps,” Kate says.
She also encourages renters who may not have a glowing history to be honest.
Demand for rental housing has eased off in the past couple of weeks, but Kate encourages people to remain proactive if they are looking for a new home, checking for new listings regularly.
You can contact Kate at the Harcourts Nelson office, on 03 548 3034.