Filipino workers charged up to $145 a week to rent a bed

A landlord is charging Filipino workers up to $145 a week for a single bed in a seven-bedroom house.

The Hornby house, in Christchurch, has 20 beds. Six of them are bunk beds. Two are in a small sleepout.

The workers said the house was full at one point last year.

A recent visit found 15 Filipino workers sharing two small kitchens, two toilets and two small bathrooms.

The property manager, Mountfort Park Apartments’ Tom Hu, said migrant tenants were difficult to manage.

“People always think that we exploit them but if you break down all the costs, the owners don’t get as much as people think.” Continue reading

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