This is really important! You want to be able to enjoy yourself and not be spread too thin.
Before applying for a property, take a moment to think about all of your expenses and how much rent you can afford to pay.
Most people aim to spend 35% or less of their take home income on rent.
Take a moment and have a serious think about what you can really afford before signing a tenancy agreement. This is a legally binding document.
If you’re having trouble paying rent or other expenses you might be able to get financial help.
There are several types of financial help available through Work and Income, Senior Services, StudyLink and for people on low incomes.
Go to the Ministry of Social Development’s website to find out more.