Housing statistics - Vacant Properties
Like any landlord, at any point in time Housing New Zealand has some properties that are vacant while one tenancy ends and another begins. During this short time the property is being inspected to make sure there is no tenant damage and carry out any maintenance work before a new tenant can move in.
Housing New Zealand long-term vacant properties are generally being held vacant pending redevelopment, are methamphetamine contaminated, or are undergoing major repairs and upgrades.
House vacant and pending sale includes those for sale under the First Home Ownership Scheme, and the Tenant Home Ownership programme.
The Ministry of Social Development report
The Ministry of Social Development publishes a quarterly social housing report(external link), which can be found on their website. Note that there may be some variations in MSD and HNZ reporting. This is due to differences in timing and processes. The MSD data provides a snapshot at a specific point in time, the HNZ data is drawn from an operational database that reflects changes in tenant status.
You can read older reports in our Housing Statistics archive section.