August 27, 2018
New look at renting security
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson says she wants people who rent to feel more secure.
Ms Davidson and Housing Minister Phil Twyford today opened consultation on changes to the laws around renting.
Proposals include: ending no cause tenancy terminations while ensuring landlords can still get rid of rogue tenants
-· increasing the amount of notice a landlord must generally give tenants to terminate a tenancy from 42 days to 90 days
-· whether changes to fixed-term agreements are justified to improve security of tenure
-· limiting rent increases to once a year
-· whether there should be limitations on the practice of 'rent bidding'
-· whether the general obligations that tenants and landlords have remain fit for purpose
-· better equipping tenants and landlords to reach agreement about pets and minor alternations to the home
-· whether further controls for boarding houses are needed to provide adequate protection for boarding house tenants
-· introducing new tools and processes into the compliance and enforcement system.
Ms Davidson says a third of all New Zealanders and more than half of Maori now live in rental houses.
"We need to have a look at how renting is going, whether people are able to put down roots, how often children and families and old people are having to move home, are our homes in good, liveable condition, what do we do to strengthen the laws and make sure people sare able to feel they have some security in their living situation," she says.
The discussion document and a link to an online submission survey are available at: www.mbie.govt.nz/rta-reform.
Consultation runs for eight weeks and closes at 5pm, on Sunday 21 October 2018.
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