Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, March 11th, 2019 - 288 comments
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Of all of the grossest things I have read lately this one is right up there. A landlord is advocating that all landlords tell their tenants that if they vote for Labour their rents will go up. From Dan Satherley at Newshub:
A Hamilton-based landlord took to Facebook earlier this week to encourage fellow property investors to tell their tenants 10 percent rent increases were on the way if Labour wins the next election and introduces a capital gains tax (CGT).
“What if we all said to our tenants across the whole of New Zealand, ‘Look, I need to apologise in advance, but unfortunately you’re looking at a 10 percent increase in rent if Labour gets in and introduces CGT on rentals,” the property owner wrote on the Property Investors Chat Group NZ Facebook page, which has nearly 20,000 members.
“Why should we all do this scaremongering tactic? If 35 percent of houses are rentals in New Zealand and we can get say half of the tenants NOT to give Labour their vote, we might as a collective help change the outcome of the next election and in doing so send the Labour Party a clear message.”
The Government departments think there is nothing wrong …
But the Electoral Commission told Newshub landlords – like anyone else – are “allowed to use social media to express political views”, and the landlord’s post was “insufficient to reach the threshold required to be considered a breach of the Electoral Act”.
And the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said landlords are allowed to increase rents for any reason they like.
“The Residential Tenancies Act does not specify how much landlords can increase rent by, or whether there needs to be a cost-related reason behind a rent increase,” said Jennifer Sykes, Housing and Tenancy Services manager of information and education.
I am not so sure this is right. There are provisions in the Electoral Act about undue influence which includes where someone:
directly or indirectly … inflicts or threatens to inflict … any temporal or spiritual injury, damage, harm, or loss upon or against any person, in order to induce or compel that person to vote … against a particular … party … “
He or she should reflect on this. They are probably not at the threatening to inflict stage yet but not by much.
And the Human Rights Commission could look at what has been said to see if it breaches the prohibition of discrimination in connection with the provision of facilities or services on the basis of political opinion.
And IRD should audit their arse. If they are in the rental market to make a capital gain they should be paying capital gains tax on the sale.
I cannot believe that some people have such a strong sense of entitlement. Basically they should be rich at someone else’s expense. And they are willing to trash strongly held notions of individual political independence just so they can get their own way. I especially cannot believe that they would be so stupid as to go onto social media and say this.