One-in-five Kiwi homes suffering from damp

The deplorable state of New Zealand housing has come to light, with Statistics New Zealand releasing results from the Census revealing that more than one-in-five homes are suffering from damp, with more than one-in-three rental homes impacted:

More than one in five homes were damp some or all of the time, and for renters, dampness was more than twice as common than for those who owned their home or held it in a family trust, Stats NZ said today…

The 2018 Census results showed that 318,891 homes were affected by damp…

Compared with homes that were owned or held in a family trust by the household, the homes of renters (households paying rent for their home) were about seven times more likely to be always damp. Of households that rented their home, 7.5 percent reported that it was always damp, and 30.6 percent said it was sometimes damp. For households that owned their home or held it in a family trust, 1.1 percent said it was always damp, and 13.7 percent said it was sometimes damp…

Visible mould larger than an A4 sheet of paper was always present in 4.3 percent (64,536) of homes and sometimes present in 12.6 percent (188,319) of homes. As with dampness, mould was more common in the homes of those who were renting. For renters, almost 1 in 10 (9.6 percent) were living in a home where visible mould over A4 size was always present, and 1 in 5 (20.2 percent) were living in a home where this amount of mould was sometimes present. For households who owned their home or held it in a family trust, 2.1 percent reported visible mould over A4 size was always present, and 9.5 percent reported it was sometimes present…

The housing quality data from the census showed regional variations. Dampness and mould were most common in Northland, Gisborne, and Auckland. In Northland, 4.5 percent of occupied private dwellings were always damp, and 23.1 percent were sometimes damp. In Auckland, 24,765 homes always had mould over A4 size.

Full report here.

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