Renting a house

Housing New Zealand can help you find a place of your own – to rent or own, we’re here to help.

When thinking about renting a house, it’s hard to know where to start.

If you would like to apply for social housing, including a Housing New Zealand home, your first step is talk to the Ministry of Social Development about your housing needs.  They’ll discuss your situation with you, and look at the best way to help.

Then, if you are eligible for social housing, they’ll arrange an assessment interview for you.

To get started, call Work and Income on 0800 559 009 or Senior Services on 0800 552 002 if you’re over 65. 

We’ve also got a whole section on buying your own home – take a look, you may already meet the criteria for one or more of our home ownership products, or find it is almost within your reach.

Housing New Zealand does not offer emergency housing.  For more information on social housing and how to apply for social housing, go to