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    Artemis - thanks for your ongoing efforts to inform the forum on this. It is even more helpful to me while I'm out of NZ.

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    Default The Moronic Myth Continues

    Quote Originally Posted by artemis View Post
    Hon Dhil Twitford: 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.
    The 'standards' do not - of course - specify the when, how and requirement for utilisation of said heating by tenants.
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    Default BBC - No-fault evictions to be banned in England

    Quite a long article at the below link, with input from tenants and landlords. Looks like a done deal, and that will encourage our government to follow..

    "Under the government's new plans, landlords would have to provide a "concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law" in order to bring tenancies to an end."

    www.bbc.com/news/uk-47927706

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    A lot of confused and confusing statements in that item. Quire a few events are already covered by NZ tenancy law. E.g.
    Alicia Powell was evicted after complaining about a leak.
    In NZ, any such eviction notice would be quashed by the TT Kangaroo Kourt.

    I see that "no fault" is used to describe certain end-of-tenancy processes, rather than the asinine "no reason" language used by Dhil Twitford et al.

    All the usual claptrap emotive language is employed, too. E.g.
    no-fault eviction that they may be thrown out.
    Too hard to say that tenants received the required notice to end their tenancy.

    Same media BS dross there, as here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry View Post
    Public housing waitlist cracks 10,000, with more families waiting for longer for housing
    19 Feb 2019

    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.*

    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.
    'High rents not just a city problem any more'
    27 May 2019
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff
    New Zealand's median weekly rent reached $500 for the first time in April after a 5.3 per cent annual increase and strong growth in the provinces, according to the latest Trade Me Rental Price Index.
    Worry not, all ye tenants. Dhil Twitford said it was just a scenario that he did not [want to] assume was going to happen.

    None so blind as those who cannot see.
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    Ms Collins asked a whole bunch of written questions on the reform of the RTA to add more tenant rights.

    Replies due by 24 July. I will report back!

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    Report eagerly awaited.

    But political rhetoric being what it is, [10,000-affordable-houses-a-year, anyone?] perhaps not too much weight should be given to it?
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    Damage, meth tinkering, tangles tenancy law

    Political meddling with the Residential Tenancies Act regarding damage to rental properties, meth contamination, and living in garages, has just made tenancy law more complex and litigious, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today

    The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), which seeks to address issues related to liability for damage, methamphetamine contamination, and living in garages, passed its third reading on Wednesday.

    The bill:

    1. Makes tenants liable for careless damage but is limited to four weeks' rent or their landlady's insurance excess, whichever is lower.

    2. Extends the definition of "residential premises" to ensure that all premises which are used or intended to be used for residential occupation are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act,

    3. Provides yet another regime to address any health risks of any harmful substance in rental properties, including methamphetamine.

    4. Enables tenancies where contamination has been established to be terminated in two days.

    The architect of this bill, Nick Smith, and the current Minister responsible, Kris Faafoi, should explain how limiting a tenant's liability for accidental destruction of, let's say, a $500,000 house, to four week's rent, is either fair or just, Mr Butler said.

    Tenancy Tribunal hearings concerning damage will become more complex and many more cases will be appealed through the court system, based on the following clause that says:

    (a) it is for the landlord to prove—

    (i) that any damage is not fair wear and tear; and
    (ii) that any destruction or damage occurred in circumstances described in subsection (1) (b); and
    (iii) that any insurance moneys are irrecoverable for the reasons described in subsection (3A) (a) (1) (c); and

    (b) it is for the tenant to prove—
    (i) that any destruction or damage was not intentionally done or caused as described in subsection (1) (a); and
    (ii) that any destruction or damage was not caused by a careless act or omission described in subsection (2).
    Moreover, the bill fails to address a substantial legal anomaly in that people who wilfully damage rental property escape the consequences of a wilful damage conviction under the Crimes Act, which carries a jail term of seven years, he said.

    Regarding contaminants, the issue of evidence of harm has been avoided. The bill assumes that current level of 15 millionths of a gram per 100 square centimetres is a meaningful indicator of harm, which it is not, Mr Butler said.

    The bill should have simply stated that the onus was on anyone claiming harm from a contaminated tenancy to provide evidence of harm, Mr Butler said.

    Treating garages as residential premises to extend coverage of the RTA to them so that they are confirmed as non-residential is the sort of thing that gives rise to the expression "the law is an ass", he said.

    This bill, that seeks to clean up messes created by the Tenancy Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, and the previous Government, has just made the issues more unfair, more complex and more litigious, Mr Butler 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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    Replay video of Andrew King's Tuesday afternoon talk on current legislative changes around:
    - liability for tenant damage
    - meth contamination
    - unlawful properties

    Is now available.to view.
    Due to technical reasons, the video is in two parts

    https://www.facebook.com/I.like.APIA/videos/412300829397542/


    https://www.facebook.com/I.like.APIA...3907810846955/

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    Quote Originally Posted by artemis View Post
    Ms Collins asked a whole bunch of written questions on the reform of the RTA to add more tenant rights. Replies due by 24 July. I will report back!
    In July Ms Collins asked a series of written questions addressed to Mr Faafoi about progress on the reform of the RTA. Basically nothing substantive in the (late) replies except that there was a consultation process and everyone will have to wait until the Cabinet has made decisions some time in the future. A couple of replies were slightly more than fluff, including that 4784 'viewpoints' were received during the consultation, and the following -

    27164 - When the reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was announced in August 2018 there were 390,349 active bonds lodged at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The number has since increased and as of June 2019 there were 393,527 active bonds lodged.

    Noted that the number of current bonds is a lot fewer that the supposed number of private rentals, said to be a tad under 600,000 at the end of 2017. Also that current bonds includes social housing bonds as well as private rentals. So does that mean about half of private rental landlords do not lodge bonds? Bit of a disconnect there.

    If interested, the written questions are - 27160, 27163, 27164, 27165, 27166, 27167, 27169.


 

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