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72% support banning letting fees

2 Jul 18

72% support banning letting fees
Letting fees: 7 out of 10 want them gone

An overwhelming majority of New Zealanders support a Government proposal to stop agents from charging letting fees for residential properties.

72% support the idea. Just 7% overall oppose, a Horizon Research survey finds.

The poll of 1,343 adults nationwide, finds 16% are neutral and 3.2% not sure.

Voters for all the parties in Parliament, except ACT, support the proposed ban:

Of those who voted for them in 2017

ACT: 3% support, 84% oppose

Green: 84% support, none oppose

Labour: 87% support, 3% oppose

National: 73% support, 8% oppose.

The results are from a nationwide housing affordability perceptions survey of 1,343 adults, representing 18+ population, conducted by Horizon Research in April 2018. At a 95% confidence level, the maximum margin of error is +/- 2.7%.

For further information, please contact

Grant McInman, Manager, Horizon Research, Telephone +64 21 076 2040



Submissions to Parliament's Social Services and Community Committee on the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill closed on Wednesday 28 May 2018. The Committee will consider the Bill and report back to the House of Representatives by 5 October 2018. The Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act to prohibit the charging of letting fees to tenants. The Bill can be found on the legislation website: