Changes to tenancy law and standards immediately affect both property owners and tenants. Years of landlord bashing and tenancy law tinkering have made matters worse for everyone involved with tenancies, both owners and tenants. Stop the War on Tenancies was formed in 2018 for two reasons:
- 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.
- 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.
Despite the obligatory calls for submissions on both the Residential Tenancies Act and proposed rental property standards, owners soon found that the government was neither listening to all parties or willing to proceed with policy that was based on evidence.
The reason for this became apparent during the second reading of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill when Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson declared that property owners should “move on and to get out of owning property for rental purposes”.
There you have it. The Green party wants to drive private landlords out of business and their coalition partner, Labour, will pretend that extra obligations on landlords is making it better for tenants.
ACT leader David Seymour said it all when he declared: “I’ve seen some stupid policy before but it’s hard to exaggerate the stupidity of Labour’s law changes. They’ve directly disadvantaged the very people they were trying to help. We need to stop the stampede of landlords leaving the residential tenancy market.”
The rapidly escalating shortage of rental property became a gut-wrenching reality for thousands. The waiting list for state housing surged to nearly 20,000 households by the end of July, 2020.
The waiting list was just 5844 in September 2017, just before the Labour-led coalition was anointed.
If housing was in crisis in 2017, as Labour/Green politicians would have you believe, look at what they have done.