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 manage tenancies. Contact your MP and ask him or her to vote against these changes.
  2. Healthy Homes Standards have imposed costly and largely unneccessary standards on insulation, heating, ventilation, and water-tightness, and these requirement are driving up rents and causing owners to sell.

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 this tinkering is the Labour Government’s former Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford.

Our suggestions have been ignored. These proposals are proceeding. You will know who not to vote for in the next election.

Are you ready to support us?

FROM THE BLOG

Damage, meth tinkering tangles tenancy law

Political meddling with the Residential Tenancies Act regarding damage to rental properties, meth contamination, and living in garages, has just made tenancy law more complex and litigious, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), which seeks to address issues related to liability for damage, methamphetamine contamination, and living in […]

Loss ring-fencing ups war on renters and owners

The largely unreported end of the ability of rental property owners to claim losses against other income shows that the Government is unaware of the scale of the problem it is creating with accommodation, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today The Taxation (Annual Rates for 2019–20, GST Offshore Supplier Registration, and Remedial Matters) Bill […]

Hopefully pragmatism will replace Twyford’s agendas

Tenants and owners may hope that some pressure may have gone now that Phil Twyford is no longer Housing Minister, paying the price for the political embarrassment that KiwiBuild became, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. His tinkering with rental property standards and tenancy law helped hike rents and drove a number to sell, […]