The government announced new tenancy protection regulations yesterday. From RNZ,
The proposed changes include:
- Limiting rent increases to once every 12 months
- Banning rental bidding
- Ending no-cause evictions
- An increase to financial penalties
- Tenants will be able to add minor fittings and improvements, such as baby proofing or hanging pictures.
A bill setting out the proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 is expected to be introduced to Parliament in the first half of next year.
Some snips from twitter this morning,
If this forces the bad landlords out, I'm ok with that. Collins is lying when she says letting them treat renters badly creates more cheaper rentals. The only way out of the housing crisis is for the state to mandate the right to a home. Each new reg should be based in that. https://t.co/wSWQYtoeX7— weka lighting the ☠️🔥🔥🔥 (@wekatweets) November 17, 2019
Broadly I've seen two landlord responses to the proposed rental law changes:— DYLAN REEVE™ (@DylanReeve) November 17, 2019
– "This is the end! I'm selling everything! No respect for landlords!"
– "Okay, cool. None of that changes anything for me, all sounds sensible."
Says a lot about a certain section of landlords. https://t.co/jbfjkSucBP
“At the moment, property managers probably feel like farmers”. What, you mean a powerful group who have had everything their own way for so long that even the slightest challenge to their privilege makes them feel like they’re ‘under siege’? https://t.co/UVzkvHtIys— Rhys Jones (@rg_jones) November 17, 2019
Alongside our call for a comprehensive WOF and more support for tenancy advocates – we need to have a control setting around rents, thousands more public and state homes and hey build to rent, and an increase in the lowest incomes including core benefits and a living wage.— Marama Davidson MP (@MaramaDavidson) November 17, 2019
I definitely feel this is a situation where Labour need to be encouraged to keep doing the right things. Each step that gives renters more security (of tenancy, a healthy home, affordable rent) takes us to a culture where housing is for providing NZ citizens with a home and away from the culture that says homelessness and poverty are collateral damage in the middle class quest for investment income. When we centre homes as a human right the solutions to the housing crisis become clearer.