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

Auckland meeting on tenancy law change, standards

Auckland meeting on tenancy law change, standards A panel discussion on proposed changes to tenancy law and extra standards for rental property will take place in Auckland on Sunday, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. The meeting, at the Balmoral Community Hall, 258 Balmoral Rd, which will start at 2.30pm on Sunday, December 9, […]

Extra rental standards to cost $7000 per house

Extra rental standards to cost $7000 per house Papers obtained last week under the Official Information Act show that up to $7000 of extra spending may be required for each of the 588,700 rental properties in New Zealand and that this will have little benefit, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. Extra rental property […]

Tenancy fee shows failure of letting-fee ban

Tenancy fee shows failure of letting-fee ban The speedy appearance of tenancy fees shows that the attempt to legislate letting fees out of existence has failed, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. A law change was passed at the start of this month to ban letting fees, which are usually equal to a week’s […]