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Housing rental payments

In Dunedin City, 11.1% of renting households were paying more than $500 per week in rent in 2018.

Rental payments can be a better measure of the cost of housing in Dunedin City than mortgage repayments because they are not contingent on length of occupancy or equity in the dwelling.

High rental payments may indicate desirable areas with mobile populations who prefer to rent, or a housing shortage, or gentrification. Low rental payments may indicate public housing (check Tenure Type), or areas where low income households move by necessity for a lower cost of living.

Rental payments are not directly comparable over time because of inflation. For comparison of rental payments over time, go to Housing Rental Quartiles.


Derived from the Census questions:

'Does this household pay rent to an owner (or to their agent for this dwelling?' and 'How much rent does this household pay to the owner (or agent) for this dwelling?'

Weekly housing rental payments
Dunedin City2018
Weekly rental amountNumber%Otago Region %
< $50720.50.6
$50 - $744172.92.5
$75 - $993662.52.3
$100 - $1241,3269.18.0
$125 - $1496364.43.6
$150 - $1746064.14.8
$175 - $1996004.13.8
$200 - $2491,58410.810.8
$250 - $2992,24115.314.1
$300 - $3492,21415.212.5
$350 - $3991,60811.09.3
$400 - $4497084.85.1
$450 - $4994563.13.9
$500 - $5493182.22.8
$550 - $5992401.62.5
$600 +1,0717.312.0
Not stated1501.01.2
Total households renting14,613100.0100.0
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the weekly housing rental payments of households in Dunedin City compared to Otago Region shows that there was a smaller proportion of households paying high rental payments ($600 per week or more), and a similar proportion of households with low rental payments (less than $100 per week).

Overall, 11.1% of households were paying high rental payments, and 5.9% were paying low payments, compared with 17.3% and 5.5% respectively in Otago Region.

The major differences between the housing rental payments of Dunedin City and Otago Region were:

  • A larger percentage of $300 - $349 (15.2% compared to 12.5%)
  • A larger percentage of $350 - $399 (11.0% compared to 9.3%)
  • A larger percentage of $250 - $299 (15.3% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of $600 + (7.3% compared to 12.0%)

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