Rents are 8 percent higher than they were this time last year, according to one of the country's biggest property sites.
"It's a touchy subject but rent needs to be covered even though they're grieving."
A net 59 percent of respondents expected house prices will continue to increase.
It's the biggest annual increase on record.
Importers are prohibited from distributing the materials during lockdown despite the severe shortages.
"They gave us the very stern warning that they have seen many cases like this, that have spiralled out of control."
The rental in central Auckland was being advertised on Trade Me for $180 a week.
"Even though mortgage rates have remained very low… housing affordability has simply become worse."
There are a number of factors that make this year different.