How to get better broadband if you’re renting
Whether you're a university student or a young family, renting a home for a period of time is something most Kiwis have experienced. But today, with the average Auckland house price sitting above $900,000, renting is becoming the preferred,if not the only,choice for many households.
This is supported by the latest research, from real estate firm CBRE which shows renter households in New Zealand have increased by 120,000 (4%) over the past decade with many people renting into their 40’s. So whether you've just left home and are renting with mates for the first time, or renting is just a financial fact of life currently, when it comes to broadband, you don't have to settle for second best.
With good broadband, homeowner or not, you can still have a great at in-home entertainment experience thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Spark Sport. In this blog, we explain why fibre, as the best broadband connection available, should be on your rental property checklist, and how to go about getting it if your rental property is not already connected.
Step 1. Check if you can upgrade to fibre
If you're a tenant, there's no reason why you can't enjoy a fast, reliable internet connection that lets everyone do what they want to do online, without any delays or frustrations - and without breaking the bank.
Fibre is the best type of broadband connection you can get in New Zealand, but it’s not available everywhere just yet. So to start, head to the Chorus Broadband Checker, enter the property address and you'll be able to see whether fibre is available.
It's particularly important to look for properties with fibre broadband if you spend a lot of time online - streaming videos and games, or uploading and downloading content. All of this activity can be a major drain on slower connection types.
‘Internet availability’ is often now a property feature included on rental property listings on sites such as realestate.co.nz. It’s a good idea to verify this with your own search on the Chorus Broadband Checker.
If fibre’s not available, consider VDSL – the fastest broadband available on our copper network.
Step 2. Get your landlord's permission
If you can get fibre, great! But don't forget, you'll need your landlord's written or verbal permission before you can get fibre installed. If you don't, you could end up breaching your tenancy agreement and forfeiting your bond.
Looking to ‘sell’ your landlord on the idea? Here’s how you can convince them to get fibre installed:
A property with fibre is more valuable in terms of attracting future tenants, and when it comes time to sell.
In most instances, fibre is free to get installed, and shouldn’t be any cost to the landlord.
The landlord won’t need to be on site to deal with the installation unless they choose to be. The tenant will organise a time for the technician to come and work out the install plan and be on hand to deal with the install (should the landlord choose not to be).
Step 3. Pick the right plan
Once you’ve got your landlords permission to get fibre installed, the next step is to contact your preferred broadband provider and order a fibre plan. A monthly fibre plan costs roughly the same as a family trip to the movies, so your entertainment budget will go a lot further if you make the switch..
For the best online and streaming experience, you'll want a plan with speeds of 100Mbps or more, and unlimited data. If you want to make sure you've got more than enough speed to handle anything and everything, opt for a gigabit fibre plan - the fastest option on the market. Handy sites like Broadband Compare and Glimp provide a comparison of current plans on offer.
Step 4. Your fibre installation appointment
When you order your fibre plan, your broadband provider will pass your order on to us to organise your fibre installation appointment.
Remember, you'll need to be there for the appointment, but if your landlord wants to come along, you’ll need to make sure to schedule a time that works for them as well. Find our more information on the fibre installation process.