When you arrive in New Zealand it is a good idea initially to rent a home while you decide where you wish to live.
Since NZ has a high level of home ownership, the stock of rental housing is less extensive than in most other developed countries. Prices and quality vary and it is always advisable to visit a property personally before signing a Tenancy Agreement, also known as a lease. First appearances can be deceptive – make sure you check the basics.
Parts of NZ can be cold and houses that do not get a lot of direct sun may have problems with dampness during the winter months. Factors such as proximity to transport, shops and schools as well as the general feel of the neighbourhood also need to be taken into account.
Most rental properties are unfurnished, apart from a fuctional kitchen with hob or stove, and will have curtains and carpet. The landlord does not have to provide a heater so in some cases you may have to provide your own.
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