This page contains information on rental housing, including links to learn about renting laws and find out the market rates for rental housing in Palmerston North.
Renting and the law
The Residential Tenancies Act covers most rental arrangements and protects both tenants and landlords. On the Department of Building and Housing website you can check market rents, apply to have a dispute resolved, and read the Residential Tenancies Act and other interesting publications.
Department of Building and Housing website (external website)
Free publications about renting in New Zealand (external website)
What's a fair rent right now?
Expect rental properties to be unfurnished. Rental costs do not normally include electricity, gas, phone or other utilities.
Check current weekly rents in Manawatu: Palmerston North (external website)
Tell your landlord if your home is cold or damp
Many rental properties are wooden homes built before insulation became mandatory in 1976, and central heating is rare. If your rental property is cold, damp or draughty, discuss this with your landlord. If your windows go foggy with condensation in cold weather, try keeping one or two windows open.
Rental housing provided by Palmerston North City Council
Affordable rental housing in desirable locations is available from the Palmerston North City Council. Some are for people with special needs, and others are for the general public, including new migrants.
- Community housing: subsidised rental units for the elderly and disabled.
- Public rental housing: Council-owned units rented to the public.
- Details about rental properties for the community, the elderly and disabled.