Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Alexander: Landlord's frustration understandable

Media Statement For immediate release Thursday, 24 July, 2003

Alexander: Landlord's frustration understandable

The frustration that drove a Christchurch landlord to force tenants from her investment property this morning was utterly understandable, United Future's Marc Alexander said today in renewing his call for a bad tenants register.

"While I would never advocate the breaking of the law, my sympathy lies with the landlord who, when lumbered with tenants who either don't pay up or have a history of trashing properties, is forced to go through weeks of bureaucratic red tape.

"They are supposed to sit mutely by while they are either being ripped off, or having their investment destroyed before their eyes," Mr Alexander said.

"So I think most people would understand and sympathise with the actions of the landlord this morning in evicting these people," he said.

"Again I call upon the Housing Minister Steve Maharey to get serious about protecting landlords' rights.

"It's pretty simple stuff - if they damage property, don't pay rent, breach their terms of tenancy, then they should get the bum's rush. Out. Gone.

"As it is they get warnings, and weeks of delay, in fact they get everything but therapy sessions.

And what does the landlord get? Ripped off," he said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election