Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, December 2nd, 2017 - 45 comments
Categories: class war, cost of living, Economy, International, political alternatives, Politics, poverty, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: rentals, security, tenancy
In a land far away and governed by (according to some Labour Party sources) a party wedded to austerity…
Any tenancy that starts on or after 1 December 2017 will be a private residential tenancy. This new tenancy will replace the assured and short assured tenancy and will bring in changes and improvements to the private rented sector, including:
No more fixed terms – private residential tenancies will be open-ended, meaning your landlord can’t ask you to leave just because you’ve been in the property for 6 months as they can with a short assured tenancy.
Rent increases – your rent can only be increased once every 12 months and if you think the proposed increase is unfair you can refer it to a rent officer.
Longer notice period – if you’ve lived in a property for longer than 6 months your landlord will have to give you at least 84 days notice to leave (unless you’ve broken a term in the tenancy agreement).
Simpler notices – the notice to quit process will be scrapped and replaced by a simpler notice to leave process.
Model tenancy agreement – the Scottish Government will publish a model private residential tenancy that can be used by landlords to set up a tenancy.
Meanwhile, the Tenant’s Union “Living Rent” is on the cusp of becoming a nationwide organisation and the Green Party hope to bring legislation in line with France and outlaw evictions during winter months.
Those welcoming the new legislation include Shelter Scotland, The Scottish Association of Landlords, activists and all bar 14 of members of the Scottish Parliament.
Given that NZ has a PM who wishes to see a “better” New Zealand, and given NZ Labour’s claim that it will take serious action to end homelessness in line with the recommendations of the Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry, I’m looking forward to some government announcements on (from the Cross Party Homelessness Inquiry’s “Summary of Recommendations”)…
9. Income related rent subsidies for existing community housing tenants.
10. Greater security of tenure for renters.
11. Review the Accommodation Supplement.
Actually, I’m looking forward to number 9 being extended to include all tenants, and for numbers 9 through 11 to be given more of a priority than (number 3) the nonsensical ‘trickle down’ policy of building more affordable homes to ‘fix’ homelessness.