Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Trial WoF for Rental Properties - Opinion

Trial WoF for Rental Properties - Opinion

The results of the recent collaboration between five councils regarding the inspection of 144 rental properties to determine if a Warrant of Fitness scheme has potential has been released and shows 58% require repairs and maintenance in excess of $150 to achieve the proposed standard.

Within this 58%, the issues vary from changes to balustrades & handrails to insulation of floors and ceilings.

The remaining 42% have minor issues, such as missing window stays, blown light bulbs and flat smoke detector batteries.

The standards of all houses in New Zealand vary – both owner-occupied and rented – but are we losing sight of the fact that tenants have the right to choose where they live and the level of quality of the house?

Just as a vehicle sold without a WoF is markedly cheaper than one with a WoF, a house of a lesser level of quality is cheaper than one that is well maintained.

Everyone is entitled to live in a dwelling which fits within their budget, be it $140 or $1000 per week.

By introducing legislation which will ultimately increase the cost of rentals, many tenants will be forced to move as landlords increase the prices.

As well as the inevitable increase in the cost to tenants, the other flow-on effect will be that some landlords will not be able to afford to, or want to, complete the work required to obtain the WoF and will sell. This will have the unwanted effect of reducing the number of rental properties available and pushing up rents.

Should we not be encouraging tenants to become more knowledgeable about their rights and options when viewing a rental property and speak up if they believe maintenance issues need to be addressed?

If prospective tenants refuse to rent a property that does not meet their requirements, landlords will be forced to upgrade the property in order to attract suitable tenants.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Kim Workman: Reality Check Needed For Public Service Reoffending Target

Reducing the prison population results in a reduction in re-offending. Shortening sentences reduces reoffending... More>>

ALSO:

PSA: Minister Should Stop Dodging On Salisbury School

"The decision around the future of Salisbury School has been overdue for months, and the ambiguity is leaving parents, staff and students in limbo. It’s time the Minister stopped hiding, muddying the waters and being dishonest about her Ministry’s intentions," says Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news