On Wednesday the 11th of July, Renters United launched their 'Plan to Fix Renting' and it grabbed plenty of media attention. This small group of volunteers have certainly been successful in drawing plenty of attention to themselves and whether you are a tenant or a landlord, you have to hand it to them they are extremely well run and have some prominent public figures backing their cause.
At the launch, they had Philippa Howden-Chapman of Rental Warrant of Fitness fame presenting and supporting them. They also had Sam Huggard of New Zealand Council of Trade Union presenting and Labour MP for Rongotai Paul Eagle was present as well.
In August 2014 two-year-old Emma Lita-Bourne died after suffering a brain haemorrhage. The story made the news the following winter after a coroner reported that the condition of the property had contributed to the little girl’s death. The property was contaminated and it wasn’t methamphetamine.
Instead, dampness and mould had played a significant contributing factor into the death of young Emma according to the coroner. It was a story that highlighted the sorry state of many rental properties around New Zealand and in particular, Housing New Zealand.
As winter approaches, few will dispute that the majority of rental property in New Zealand is not good enough. Thousands of tenants up and down the country live in cold, damp property that makes a mockery of our global clean green image.
Late last year a bill was passed through Parliament that will literally change the face the housing in New Zealand forever, yet many people are unaware as to the true impact of this legislation and the cost of compliance.
We explore the best options for dealing with the Letting Fee ban
Labour signal that there will be radical changes to the Residential Tenancies Act
We have been warning you now for nearly two years that this was coming and now the day of reckoning is nearly upon us. The new Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill is now at the Select Committee stage with public submissions on the bill open until the 23rd May. Expect this to be law by Christmas with a further three months before the fee is banned completely.
Property Management Industry Under Scrutiny After Media Attention
Well Being of Property Managers Must Be Number One Priority
Never before has the Property Management industry come under such scrutiny. We have seen the industry attacked from all angles, whether it be Tenant groups, Consumer groups or the media in general. Unfortunately, some of the negative commentaries have been justified, highlighting issues around professionalism and integrity.
Rent roll values could fall as Labour policies bite
Industry survey shows concern around new Government
Imagine a country were nobody is homeless. Imagine a country where nobody has any social issues such as drug addiction or alcohol abuse. Imagine a country where every kid goes to school with shoes on their feet after eating a breakfast and then come home to a loving family where they get a warm healthy meal every evening.
At last! Someone with power and influence has the guts to come out say what we have been arguing for a long, long time. The 'moral panic' caused by certain Meth testing companies was instigated to make a quick dollar according to new Housing Minister Phil Twyford. Here at Real iQ, we wholeheartedly agree.
Back in early 2016, we held a webinar highlighting the alarming amount of companies being set up to carry out Meth testing, warning that the industry was nothing more than a money making scam.
It is hard to know where to start in a year where property and in particular the renting, has featured so much in the limelight. In our final blog of 2017, we will summarize on what we believe is the good, the bad and of course, downright ugly.
The list we provide comes in no particular order and is purely our opinion, however, we would love to hear your feedback on what has been without a doubt, an intriguing year. First of all, lets keep it positive and start with the good.
First of all, let me start by stating that this is not an article beating up the people who have designed and implemented the Rental Warrant of Fitness. The intentions of these people are good and they are thinking of the most vulnerable of citizens within New Zealand. I also genuinely applaud the Wellington City Council for trying to get this off the ground.