I’m not the only one a bit tired of hearing about housing policy that’s geared to satisfying buyers. And I’m not the only one who rents, who will never buy, and who wants legislation passed that would end forever the type of bullshit that’s going on in Glen Innes.
Here are three simple things that can be done, that already exist elsewhere, that end the bullshit and nonsense within the state sector.
Under the above, if the government wants to redevelop the likes of Glen Innes, then they do it off the back of people dying or voluntarily making use of the house swap register.
And then simply transfer the spirit of that into the private rental sector via appropriate legislation designed to grant tenants a sense of security.
So in the private rental sector, we might have legislation that protects the right of a tenant to remain living in their home when it’s been sold on the open market. We might look to set up a Landlord Register that includes a ‘fit and proper person’ test. We might have squatting rights that put an end to speculators leaving much needed properties vacant. And rent caps! For the love of everything holy and unholy and inbetween, introduce rent caps. These could be formulaic and worked from a GV.
None of this is hard. All of it would be hugely popular. But y’know, if we judge NZ by its politicians and political policies, it can appear as though NZ is the land where intelligence comes to die. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to see that change?