Mega landlord claims refuted

The Property Investors Federation has rebutted a Sunday Star Times article claiming there are 605,722 investment properties owned by 533,000 people or businesses in New Zealand.

Monday, January 24th 2022, 12:02PM 2 Comments

by Sally Lindsay

Federation president Andrew King says the numbers do not appear to stack up. “Firstly, the numbers given equates to an average ownership of just 1.14 properties per owner.

“Secondly, the article claims there are 607,722 investment properties throughout the country, yet  Where are the roughly 100,000 investment properties claimed in the article.”

King says the article assumes in every case where more than one property is owned, that property is classed as an investment property. However, he says it could be a holiday home, a second residence, a house provided for children to live in or he owner may be on an extended period overseas.

“The article then appears to count each investor’s own home as an investment property, reducing the number of people classed as owning one or two houses and inflating the number owning three to five. If this is correct then 66% of investors own one property, 26.5% own two to four and 7.5% more than five. That doesn’t demonstrate investment property owned by mega landlords.”

Only 1,163 people, or 0.37% of all investors, own more than 20 properties, according to the article. King says this is an interesting point as while the number of mega investors is extremely low, the proportion of properties they own seems to be increasing.

“This is actually likely, as Kainga Ora builds more rentals. In addition, Government changes over the past few year are aimed at increasing the attractiveness of large corporates owning rental property in New Zealand.”

He says as a nation, we need to consider if this is really in our country’s and tenants’ best interests. “Large corporate rental owners tends to have large overheads and requirements for bigger profits that lead to higher rental prices.”

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Comments from our readers

On 24 January 2022 at 10:05 pm Grant Smith said:
As I originally thought, fake news.
On 24 January 2022 at 10:31 pm Kevin Edmunds said:
Good call. Most jounos simply do not understand the property investment market and seek to sensationalize incorrect assumptions. Stuff would be the worst in this regard and I would have expected a little better form SST

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