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    Default Fuel for Bob's fire

    Tenants feel Wellington rent crunch: 'We were so devastated'
    14 Feb 2019
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff
    "In 2019, due to the demand of rentals in Wellington, and to align the price of our flat with the price that other flats are being advertised for, our rent has been increased to $720 per week. Our landlord does what's required of him when we need something fixed, and keeps the surrounding gardens tidy, but he's doing it to make a living.

    "We were so devastated. Of course there was the ability to turn down the price and decide to move out when our lease expired mid January, but due to the stories we heard about lack of rentals and the significant increase in rental prices anyway, we have decided to stick it out."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry View Post
    At what date did all W'gton LLs increase all residential rents by $100 a week? I saw no mention of it in the media.
    You're confusing my scenario with reality.
    No matter.
    Wellington rents have risen.
    Salaries haven't.
    Something that you and Wayne claim doesn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Kane View Post
    You're confusing my scenario with reality.
    Precisely - therefore the conclusions are unrealistic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Kane View Post
    Wellington rents have risen. Salaries haven't. Something that you and Wayne claim doesn't happen.
    Where did Wayne or I say that?

    There is no doubt that rents are rising significantly in some places. Perhaps even many places? There is also little doubt that wages / salaries across middle NZ are woefully out-of-touch with costs of living in the NZ economy.

    The comic opera coalition's minimum wage charade will solve nothing as prices will move up to recover those increased employment costs. Or people will be made redundant.

    It may be more accurate to say that neither LLs nor tenants set the rent.

    "The market" does.

    What is potentially scary is possible arbitrary gummint intervention, such as I posited, back here:
    Quote Originally Posted by Perry View Post
    If something extraordinary like your premise occurred, it would likely prompt equally extraordinary reactions.

    E.g. The present comic opera coalition gummint would hastily rush through residential rent control legislation.
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    Default More Rain & Hail on Dhil Twitford's Parade

    Public housing waitlist cracks 10,000, with more families waiting for longer for housing
    19 Feb 2019
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff
    National housing spokeswoman Judith Collins said Twyford's multiple reforms to private rental market - both enacted and promised - had driven up rents as landlords were selling up and leaving the market in droves. The Government in its steps to attack landlords has actually sent a whole lot of people out of that market and that means that there is now more people wanting public housing.

    They are selling up and they are selling to people who might put two people or one person in a house rather than five or six.
    Finally! Someone has not just noticed, but mentioned what's been painstakingly obvious, for so long.

    As for LLs selling up - according to Dhil, that was just scaremongering.*

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff
    Twyford received advice last year from officials saying rents could rise as the result of his reforms to tenancy laws thanks to landlords feeling like they were under assault and selling up to owner-occupiers.
    Hang on! Twitford said that the advice was "only a scenario" and he "wasn't assuming that is going to happen."


    * "National saying that landlords are selling up is simply scaremongering," he told NZME. "Corelogic data shows that landlords purchased 38 percent of properties in October, which is consistent with the last two years - there has been no change in landlord activity."

    Dhil thinks buying and selling are the same thing.
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    Evidence-based ‘healthy home’ standards already in force

    Evidence-based rental standards would require ceiling insulation to the 1978 standard, no subfloor insulation, and nothing more, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today.

    Advice to the Government obtained under the Official Information Act (See .. ) shows no support for the claim that heat pumps, extra insulation, extractor fans, draught-proofing, and moisture-proofing soon to be imposed under the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act would keep 10,800 children out of hospital each year.

    The World Health Organisation never recommended a minimum indoor temperature as the discussion document claimed and the Building Research Association of New Zealand found that only 2.7 percent of renters thought their dwelling was cold and damp, which is hardly a crisis, Mr Butler said.

    We already have standards for rental property and if Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford followed advice, the standards he would confirm under regulation would be thus:

    • Heating: A tenant should be able to use whatever he or she chooses to plug in so long as it is safe. Both fixed and portable heaters can deliver sufficient warmth. Housing New Zealand installed 15,000 fixed heaters that a number of tenants would not use because they were not what they were used to. The high price of electricity is the greatest barrier to poorer people turning on the heater, not the presence or absence of a heater. Wood-burners are useful for those who prefer a fire. The World Health Organisation has no minimum healthy temperature standard as the discussion document alleges.
    • Insulation: Ceiling insulation to the 1978 standard of R1.9 for most of the North Island should be the standard because it has the greatest impact and anything over that has diminishing cost-effectiveness. Underfloor insulation is a waste of money because it hardly reduces heat loss. Owners forced to install it should be compensated.
    • Ventilation: Windows that may be opened is a basic standard of ventilation and have been required since 1947 under the Home Improvement Regulations. There is no solid evidence that mould is a serious issue in rental properties.
    • Draught-proofing: Residents will protect themselves from draughts when they need to. Requiring draught-stopping tape in gaps greater than 3mm in 588,700 rental properties is absurd.
    • Moisture-proofing: No evidence has been offered to prove all rental properties suffer from rising damp. The evidence is that 2.7 percent are perceived as cold and damp. Dampness problems are remedied by discussion with the owner or through the Tenancy Tribunal.
    • As part of this round of regulation, the outrageous $4000 dob-in-your landlord incentive imposed by the previous government should be dropped, he said.

    The attempt to blame housing-related hospitalisations of 10,800 children annually on the condition of 588,700 rental properties while ignoring 1.1 million owner-occupied properties and not accounting for overcrowding is deceitful, he said.

    We found that up to $7000 of extra spending per property may be required if every rental property required a heat pump, extra insulation, extractor fans, as well as the suggested draught-proofing and moisture proofing and this would have little benefit, Mr Butler said.

    The money for extra compliance can only come by way of a rent increase from the tenant who is in effect being forced into buying extra appliances and building material without necessarily wanting it, he said.

    A more-effective way ahead should be driven by owners and tenants in which any issues with heating, insulation, ventilation, draught and moisture proofing could be sorted out by agreement, he said.

    Stop the War on Tenancies is a group that - since last October - has been highlighting the evidence that successive governments have ignored while creating problematic rental property policy.

    Contact:
    Mike Butler 27-277 7295
    [email protected]
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    If the house was built to government building code and has a council code of compliance - then why is it the owners problem if there are deficiencies?
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    Lack of R & M and un-remedied wear and tear?
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    Insulation requires R&M?
    What is the depreciation rate for insulation?
    Oh that's right - houses don't depreciate - so no maintenance required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PC View Post
    Insulation requires R&M?
    What is the depreciation rate for insulation?
    Oh that's right - houses don't depreciate - so no maintenance required.
    If you have to add to the insulation it is R&M.

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    In the House today there was a patsy series of oral questions to Mr Twyford about the timing and content for reform of the RTA. See below. Greens are pushing hard for reform; Mr Twyford is trying to keep Ms Davidson happy without giving much away. Though he is saying legislation is planned for introduction later this year.

    No cause terminations still seems to be on the table. I wonder what his opinion will be if this is introduced and the social housing list and emergency motel costs spike (again) as landlords take action.

    And note he is repeating the sick children numbers that Mr Butler has comprehensively scuppered.

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    Oral Questions—Questions to Ministers
    Question No. 9—Housing and Urban Development
    9. MARAMA DAVIDSON (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: When can renters expect to see legislation introduced to reform the Residential Tenancies Act and protect their right to a secure home?

    Hon PHIL TWYFORD (Minister of Housing and Urban Development): The Government is committed to improving the balance between providing renters with security of tenure and allowing them to make their house a home while protecting the rights and interests of landlords. Officials received over 4,500 submissions on the policy proposals. We're currently working on the policy and, with Cabinet's agreement, we're aiming to introduce legislation this calendar year.

    Marama Davidson: Does he continue to support ending no-cause tenancy terminations?

    Hon PHIL TWYFORD: Well, we're committed to improving the security of tenure for renters and striking the right balance between a tenant's right to make a house a home and ensuring that landlords can still get rid of rogue tenants. Cabinet will be making policy decisions in due course on this, but we consulted on removing no-cause terminations because we want renters to be able to put down roots in their communities.

    Marama Davidson: Has he instructed officials to consider how to prohibit rental bidding so that property managers are no longer able to run rental tenders like the one Cutlers recently advertised in Dunedin?

    Hon PHIL TWYFORD: Well, it was disappointing to see that property management company treating the renting out of properties to students as some kind of contest or a game. Having a home is a basic necessity, and making students compete against each other for a flat is distasteful. Officials are currently looking at considering the options on banning rental bidding.

    Marama Davidson: Does he agree that our law needs more protections against frequent and significant rent increases?

    Hon PHIL TWYFORD: Well, as the Reserve Bank says, rents are set primarily by supply and demand, which is why so many of our policies are designed to increase the supply of housing. We consulted on limiting rent increases to one per year, because in a rising market, as we've seen over the last decade in so many parts of New Zealand, frequent and large rent increases can have a punishing effect on renters.

    Angie Warren-Clark: What other changes has the Government made to make life better for renters?

    Hon PHIL TWYFORD: Well, the healthy homes standards will set minimum standards for insulation, heating, ventilation, moisture, and draft control so that rental homes are warm and dry. They are part of the Government's plan to improve the health and well-being of children. Ministry of Health data shows that at least 6,000 children are admitted each year for what they call housing-sensitive hospitalisations, and Otago University recently found that homes that are damp or mouldy cause more than 35,000 nights in hospital.


 

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