Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, August 27th, 2018 - 68 comments
Categories: greens, housing, housing insulation, kiwisaver, labour, poverty, tenants' rights - Tags: housing, tenants in our own country
The Labour led Government has announced a review into our housing rental laws. Housing Minister Phil Twyford and Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson released a discussion document on the issue this morning. There are several proposals to modernise tenancy laws including limiting rent increases and making 90 days the minimum notice for owners to evict tenants.
The discussion document includes the following proposals:
This reform process is very welcome. With the recent ban on offshore housing purchases and the start of the KiwiBuild housing project, this focus on the needs of tenants is a timely and progressive step. And with rental stock often in poor shape, overly expensive and less available due to the lucrative nature of Air BnB and similar short term rental websites, the options for renters are increasingly poor.
It’s a sad fact that NZ home ownership has dropped to the lowest level since the 1950’s. The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise Austin Mitchell wrote about in the seventies is a distant dream for most young Kiwis.
Hopefully, taking a global view of housing will reverse the trend of Kiwis increasingly becoming tenants in our own land. There is a lot to be said for the certainty of knowing you have the keys to your future and for the chance to turn a house into a home.