Bella Johnston says her biggest concern about Auckland Council's latest round of property valuations is being hit with another rent increase.
A number of Auckland's lowest socio-economic areas have been hit hard, facing rates rises of about 13 percent.
Johnston, a 28-year-old mother of two, lives in a "two-and-a-half bedroom house" in Ōtāhuhu.
"It's a lose-lose situation for everybody," she said. "The only ones winning from this will be the council."
Johnston moved into the house last year and was paying $490 a week, until her landlord put the rent up to $550.
She said if the landlord's rates went up, she expected her rent would too.
"It hasn't gone up yet, but I know it will."
The council's property valuations are normally carried out every three years and are used to calculate the capital values (CVs) of homes and rates. The latest round has seen an average increase in property values in the Auckland region of 34 percent.
But in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, property CVs have risen by an average of 49 percent and homeowners in the area are now looking at average rate rises of 13.3 percent, or $346 more a year.
While in Papakura and Manurewa, CVs have gone up by an average of 39 percent and homeowners are looking at an average increase in their rates bills of 8.3 percent.
According to Auckland Council, the suburbs that have seen the biggest increases are in areas which have undergone intensification in recent years, which has added to property values.
Māngere Bridge resident Paul Brown owns his own home and shares Johnston's concerns.
He said despite the fact he was looking at a bigger rates bill for his home, he was more worried about how it could affect others who were worse off.
"Everyone thinks their rates are too high," Brown said. "Everything is going up and no one wants to pay more, but you've just got to live with that, don't you?
"My biggest concern is what effect the increases will have on families living around here who are already doing it tough. Folk are really struggling."
He said he thought rents were going to go up and people living in rental properties would be badly affected.
Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor Daniel Newman said the supercity's latest round of property valuations on top of this year's planned rates rises would be a step too far for many households.
"Ratepayers are saying right now that the cost of living is their number one concern."
Auckland Council is already looking at an average rates rise of 3.5 percent as part of its 2022/2023 budget, but with a targeted rate for climate change, some people could pay up to 6 percent more.
Newman said the latest CVs reflected the growing cost of residential housing in many former blue-collar suburbs in South Auckland.
But Auckland Council financial policy manager Andrew Duncan said an increase in a property's capital value did not automatically mean an equivalent increase in rates.
He said that would be determined by whether a property had increased more than the average for the same property type across the region.
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