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Renters making demands of property managers

A tenants’ action group wants landlords and property managers to implement a 10 point plan it has come up with.

Tuesday, July 26th 2022, 2:08PM 3 Comments

by Sally Lindsay

The action plan includes:

  1. All rent prices permanently lowered to 25% of the lowest benefit;
  2. Landlords must provide evidence they're addressing repairs, including accessibility issues, within one week of being notified by tenants;
  3. Tenants in substandard housing must be appropriately relocated at landlord's expense during major repairs or renovations;
  4. Minimum tenancy length five years. Tenants may exit at will;
  5. A permanent end to evictions during cold weather months (May to September), holiday periods, and emergencies such as natural disasters or pandemics;
  6. Abolish bond and all substitutes. Hand back all bond from landlord to tenant regardless of contract. Costs of repairing any damages will be covered by existing rent payments;
  7. Pets allowed in all flats, including dogs;
  8. No entering the property uninvited at all. Flat inspections abolished;
  9. Landlords cannot ask prospective tenants for credit checks, employment history or any other references; and
  10. Landlords must provide 365 days’ notice before selling or reoccupying the house.

Tenants’ Action Wellington says any landlord or property manager can make the changes immediately if they choose to, rather than waiting for governmental or legal intervention.

To makes its point, the group will demonstrate on Thursday outside Quinovic, which has managed 100,000 properties since 1988.

The group claims Quinovic, in particular, and other property managers are continuing to profit from a crisis that has left so many New Zealanders without healthy, affordable or secure homes.

Tenants' Action Wellington spokeswoman Anne Campbell says the country is undergoing a housing crisis that has only become worse under successive National and Labour Governments.

“People continue to get sick and even die every winter because their house is too mouldy and damp. House prices are skyrocketing, making it impossible for most people to buy a home. Since there are no limits on how many houses one person can own, some people own more than 50 properties.”

Campbell says more people are now permanent renters, with next to no housing rights or protection. “Landlords and property managers have almost total power over our lives. We are living in damaged housing, paying unreasonable bonds, and enduring landlords and property managers who show up at random.

“Without long-term leases, we have no security about where we live. We are paying sometimes over half our income on rent, and yet we can’t call these homes our own.”

She says it is easy to despair at this dire situation. However, Tenants’ Action believes renters can improve things by questioning the power wielded by landlords and property managers.

“The demonstration will give Quinovic an opportunity, as a high-profile property manager, to implement these demands in its internal policy. This would be a significant gesture to recognise its duty to operate ethically in its position of power over tenants and would set an example that other landlords and property managers can follow,” says Campbell.

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Comments from our readers

On 26 July 2022 at 11:36 pm Peter Lewis said:
In todays challenging social and economic climate world-wide it was great to get a really good laugh out of this.
The part they forgot to add is that the ownership of the property automatically transfers to the tenant at no cost after they have lived there for 10 years.
On 27 July 2022 at 4:26 am Gregory Young said:
High rents dont come from landlords or property managers but foolish governement policy and market trends. Bonds are neccessary as too many tenants dont comply with theoir legal obligations. Contrary to popular belief it is the tenant who wields unfair power over landlords. just compare how manyy finnes exist against landlords compared to tenants under the Act to see how out of whack it really is. Peter Lewis has got point 11 covered. I will add point 12, which is Landlords/Property Managers will pay from the exhorbitant rents for weekly cleaning and daily food delivery. This codswallop from Anne Campbell and her troops sure did give me a great laugh on a wet Wednesday afternoon. Were they all sitting around in one of the renal's garage doing hard drugs when they came up with this tripe. Point 1 makes it pretty clear that this group does not represent tenants at all but rather benifitee tenants. How about I propose a 10 point plan for landlords that tenants can impliment immediately:
1) Dont vote for Labour, they are messing up the market
2) Dont do drugs ever
3) Pay rent in full on time always
4) Clean the property properly
5) Stop trying to hide your bad past away from landlords and rather clean it up by paying debt and getting better references from making better choices
6) make better life choices
7) stop thinking life owes you something
8) improve your education because the more you learn the more you earn
9)stop thinking landlords are all super rich, the evidence is that most are just average folk who are clever enough to be investing for their future and socially fair by investing and thereby not being a burden to other tax payers as they retire
10) STOP VOTING LABOUR
Anne Campbell give us your address and landlords will come demonstarte outside your house so you can impliment these 10 points and show a significant gesture to landlords that you accept that tenants need to act ethically and pay rent and cease willful damage to properties. After all landlords simply want two things from tenants pay rent and dont cause damage.
On 28 July 2022 at 4:41 am Pat D said:
Wow- what a spectacular misreading of reality to expect even one of Tenant Action Groups points to be taken seriously.

Yes I'm a landlord but you can be sure I aint rich (huge maintenance and interest debts thanks Jacinda). I'm trying hard to at least stay in the business but every month another expensive compliance cost from the anti-landlord party appears.

By law we have to comply and it has to be funded from somewhere- namely from the rental incomes hence the rent rises. Are people so naive to think a landlord can absorb those crazy costs. Those that cant fund the silly new requirement get out of the business meaning less rental properties for good hard working kiwis. Both our investment propertys are now in better compliance condition than our own home.

Oh sure, there are some lazy and greedy landlords out there but ask around and honestly most are not living in the squalor or deprivation that Jacinda's lot think they are. If any one of TAGs requests get considered then I will sell up too and I'm damned sure none of my tenants could afford to buy.

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