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

The crisis the Housing Minister created

A report yesterday of a woman, 86, moving because of a 73 percent rent hike illustrates the crisis created by Housing Minister Phil Twyford, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. This story of a property being sold with the new owner hiking rent from $150 a week to $260 provides evidence of the consequences […]

Build-to-rent another expense for taxpayers

If Housing Minister Phil Twyford could do a few basic calculations, he would know that the “build-to-rent” proposal he is looking at would require substantial Government financial support and guarantees to get off the ground, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. Mr Twyford on Wednesday proposed encouraging more build-to-rent developments, involving Crown land, to […]

Double standard in rental privacy guidelines

The Privacy Commissioner’s list of data sought from prospective tenants that is “almost never justified” shows a “do as I say not as I do” double standard from a government that does not practise what it preaches, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. The 19 categories of off-limits data include: Broad consent to collect […]