Stop the war on tenancies

Changes to tenancy law immediately affect both property owners and tenants. In our view, 10 years of tenancy tinkering have made matters worse for everyone involved with tenancies, both owners and tenants.

Stop the War on Tenancies was formed for two reasons:

  1. To warn about big changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that will reduce the control that owners will have over their property and make it more difficult for renters to find a home.
  2. To show that the extra standards required for insulation, heating, ventilation, draught-proofing, and water-tightness, that will cost around $7000 per property, are proceeding against official advice and have nothing to do with health.

Submissions called on two discussion documents are detailed under the buttons at the top of this page which say “Tenancy reform” and “Rental property standards”.

  1. Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 seeks wide limits on the ability of property owners to end tenancies. Submissions are being heard and your MP will vote on this. Contact your MP and ask him or her to vote against these changes.
  2. Healthy Homes Standards will impose higher standards on insulation, heating, ventilation, and water-tightness. These are being imposed via regulation under the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act that was passed, without including any detail, in December of 2017.

If a property owner loses the ability to end a tenancy, the first to suffer is the neighbour of a property occupied by violent, intimidating people.

If an owner is forced into needless and wasteful extra spending on insulation, heating, ventilation, draught-proofing, and water-tightness, these costs will be passed on to tenants.

The person responsible for the current tinkering is the Labour Government’s Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford.

If our suggestions are ignored, and if these proposals proceed, you will know who not to vote for in the next election.

Are you ready to support us?

FROM THE BLOG

Capital gains tax plan not geared for capital losses

The fact that the Tax Working Group wants to ring-fence capital losses shows that they haven’t come to grips with how a proposed capital gains tax would work when assets are losing value, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. “Property values have been increasing for a relatively long time so that the proposals released […]

What evidence-based ‘healthy home’ standards look like

Evidence-based rental property standards would require ceiling insulation to the 1978 standard, no subfloor insulation, and nothing more, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. Advice to the Government obtained under the Official Information Act (See http://tenancieswar.nz/healthy-homes-legislation/)  shows no support for the claim that heat pumps, extra insulation, extractor fans, draught-proofing, and moisture-proofing, which soon […]

116,000 loss-making rental property owners may sell

Confirmation from Inland Revenue last week that 116,000 owners declared a loss on earnings in the 2016/17 tax year shows that ring-fencing of tax losses for rental properties could soon result in 116,000 fewer rentals, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. “The response to my request under the Official Information Act also said that […]