Ground boat listed for hire $350 per week in Auckland on Trade Me.
Auckland has seen its fair share of bad hires, but for the first time there may be a grounded ship with a separate toilet.
The launch boat, parked at the back of the property in Greenhithe, was listed for rent on Thursday for $350 a week.
Trade Me pulled the ship list soon after Things raised questions.
The listing said “this is life on a boat, on land” at the back of the owner’s block of flats.
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It also stated that there was a pool and a “show” on site.
Photos showed the ship boasted a television, microwave and oven.
There was a “separate toilet” on the property, the ad said.
James Ryan, Trade Me’s policy and compliance manager, said the company removed listings that violated any property law, including the Healthy Homes Act, which sets minimum standards for ventilation and insulation.
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“Properties in breach of these acts are illegal and therefore must not be listed on the site.
“Members can also alert us to anything they believe is inappropriate by clicking the Community Watch button at the bottom of each entry,” Ryan said.
Greenhithe is a suburb of the North Shore, New Zealand’s most expensive area for renters.
North Shore properties have a median weekly rent of $650.
The latest Rent Price Index from Trade Me Property shows the national median rent was $580 per week, up 4% on the same period last year.
In 2022, Trade Me was accused of “profiteering” from the housing crisis by not doing enough to block substandard rents.
A group of community organizations wrote to the website demanding that the online auction company require landlords or property managers to declare homes for rent in compliance with the Residential Tenancies Act and Healthy Homes Standards.
James Ryan said Trade Me had improved its website to keep rentals up to code.
“Last year we made changes to our site to remind landlords of their obligations under the Healthy Homes Act when they create a rental listing,” he said.
Ryan advised prospective tenants to ask around and inspect the property in person before signing a lease.
The person who listed the boat for hire has been contacted for comment.