The rats have evolved. They used to fall for the traps Harvey Neville set out in his bedroom but that’s just succeeded in killing off the weakest members of the herd. The strongest are left he says. They’re smarter and walking straight past. He’s tried colby- he’s tried camembert. All the rats want to nibble on are his candles.
It’s not a house in a third world country. It’s a four-bedroom villa in central Auckland that costs $720 a week. But people don’t care he says. Buyers are the ones with the money. Renters are the unheard voice. It’s a castle compared to the rest of the rentals in this article.
Thanks to rising house prices – stagnant wages and social inequality – renters now make up at least half of our population. The power imbalance between landlord and tenant is widening and rising rental prices have not resulted in better conditions.
Politicians are waking up to the other side of the housing crisis: fewer people buying could mean a generation of life-long renters.