Next week, my Labour colleagues and I will be holding public meetings in Tauranga to talk with the community about the proposed changes to the residential tenancy laws. We would like to hear from renters and landlords about the proposed changes.
Renting is now a more permanent situation for many people, with a third of Kiwis now renting. Making life better for those who rent is an important part of the government’s housing plan.
We want renters to be able to make a house a home through proposed changes to rules on allowing pets, basic alterations and a formula for rent increases.
We will focus particularly on tenure, to highlight the importance of stability and security for families. The proposed changes would see no-cause tenancy terminations come to an end, a limit on rent increases to once a year and will also address the ‘rent bidding’ issues.
We have two public meetings planned, on Monday, October 8, at 6pm at Senior Citizens Hall, 33 Maitland St, Greerton, and on Wednesday, October 10, at 6pm at Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Road, Papamoa.
If you can’t make it to one of our meetings and you would like to make a submission on the proposed changes, you can email your submission to: RTAreform@mbie.govt.nz or post your submission to: Residential Tenancies Act Reform Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, PO Box 82, Wellington 6140. Submissions must be received by 5pm on Sunday, October 21.