Renting a house

Published: 9 February 2017

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 (external link) 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 (external link) on 0800 559 009 or Senior Services (external link) 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 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 (external link)


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