March 27, 2020
Jacinda & Grant protect Landlords but what about Renters?
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: The enormous help this Government has managed to extend to property speculators and homeowners with a mortgage-free holiday is wonderful and necessary, but where is the aid for Renters?
The Government has announced a rent freeze that means no increase of rent during the lockdown and Landlords can only evict anyone who hasn't paid rent for 60 days, yet evidence suggests a surge in bad faith Landlords threatening tenants with eviction and rent increases.
It is unacceptable in the extreme that renters are feeling frightened and threatened in a time of pandemic lockdown.
These are human beings, not cash cows to milk and abuse because of an event out of their control.
The Government needs to go further than the Rent freeze because it is abundantly clear that the moment the lockdown ends there is a large group of Landlords who will immediately start eviction notices against Tenants who have fallen behind in rent.
I am sure there are good Landlords, but there are clearly bad ones as well and we must not risk another outbreak of the virus by a sudden jump in tenants being forced onto the street because of greedy Landlords.
The Government has responded well for the lockdown, but renters will need protection beyond the lockdown from Landlords who care about nothing more than their money.
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