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    • 500,000-strong coalition releases election scorecards
      • A new coalition has launched election scorecards, assessing the ability of the major parties to respond to the social and environmental crises facing Aotearoa. Te Pāti Maori and the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand were the only parties to commit to almost all of the policy asks. The Labour Party supported some of the... More → The post 500,000-strong coalition releases election scorecards appeared first on Renters United.

    • Renters organisation warns of tenant tracking service
      • Today Renters United has warned its members of a new service launched by illion Tenancy that allows landlords to be notified if their tenant moves, or attempts to move, properties. President of Renters United, Geordie Rogers, said “The Address Alert service recently announced by illion can only be summarised as an invasion of renter’s privacy and a short step... More → The post Renters organisation warns of tenant tracking service appeared first on Renters United.

    • Kia kaha Tāmaki Makaurau
      • We are reaching out with some information for renters in Tāmaki Makaurau and surrounding areas affected by flooding. We hope you, your friends and whanau are safe. Road on for more info The post Kia kaha Tāmaki Makaurau appeared first on Renters United.

    • And so it begins. Property Manager Regulation is on its way!
      • We’ve had another big month here at Renters United! We’ve started work on our next campaign for Property Manager Regulation and we published our open letter to Trade Me. Read on to see how it went, and how you can get involved! The post And so it begins. Property Manager Regulation is on its way! appeared first on Renters United!.

    • And so it begins. Property Manager Regulation is on its way!
      • We’ve had another big month here at Renters United! We’ve started work on our next campaign for Property Manager Regulation and we published our open letter to Trade Me. Read on to see how it went, and how you can get involved! The post And so it begins. Property Manager Regulation is on its way! appeared first on Renters United.

    • Trade me “comfortable profiting from a human rights crisis” according to community organisations
      • Today Renters United alongside 11 other organisations including the Child Poverty Action Group, the Manawatu Tenants Union, and New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations have sent an open letter to Trade Me demanding they take action to stop illegal rental property listings running rampant on their website. The letter comes after months of documented cases... More → The post Trade me “comfortable profiting from a human rights crisis” according to community organisations appeared first on Renters United!.

    • Trade me “comfortable profiting from a human rights crisis” according to community organisations
      • Today Renters United alongside 11 other organisations including the Child Poverty Action Group, the Manawatu Tenants Union, and New Zealand Union of Students' Associations have sent an open letter to Trade Me demanding they take action to stop illegal rental property listings running rampant on their website. The post Trade me “comfortable profiting from a human rights crisis” according to community organisations appeared first on Renters United!.

    • Trade me “comfortable profiting from a human rights crisis” according to community organisations
      • Today Renters United alongside 11 other organisations including the Child Poverty Action Group, the Manawatu Tenants Union, and New Zealand Union of Students' Associations have sent an open letter to Trade Me demanding they take action to stop illegal rental property listings running rampant on their website. The post Trade me “comfortable profiting from a human rights crisis” according to community organisations appeared first on Renters United.

    • Holding landlords accountable
      • Aotearoa has moved to the Red Traffic light setting, so what does that mean for you as a tenant? Plus tenancies are ending, what should you do? The post Holding landlords accountable appeared first on Renters United!.

    • Holding landlords accountable
      • This month we ran a webinar, rent controls were on the table and off again, and property manager regulation is just around the corner The post Holding landlords accountable appeared first on Renters United.

    • Housing, environmental groups celebrate cross-partisan reform of urban planning rules
      • A City for People, Generation Zero, and Renters United welcome the cross-partisan announcement today that the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) will be strengthened with a fast-tracked medium-density zone and its implementation brought forward by a year. The post Housing, environmental groups celebrate cross-partisan reform of urban planning rules appeared first on Renters United.

    • Housing, environmental groups celebrate cross-partisan reform of urban planning rules
      • A City for People, Generation Zero, and Renters United welcome the cross-partisan announcement today that the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) will be strengthened with a fast-tracked medium-density zone and its implementation brought forward by a year. The post Housing, environmental groups celebrate cross-partisan reform of urban planning rules appeared first on Renters United.

    • A City for People declares victory as Wellington City Council passes an ambitious Spatial Plan, but calls on Central Government to speed up implementation, infrastructure.
      • .about { display: none; } .biography { display: none; } A City for People, Generation Zero, and Renters United are elated that Wellington City Councillors passed a more ambitious Spatial Plan today that goes above and beyond the original Draft Spatial Plan. They have taken real action on the housing crisis and will ensure we provide more homes for all.  Over the past months, we have strived to give platform to the under-represented voices in this conversation about Wellington’s future. This space has been dominated by the privileged few; conservative resident’s associations, landlords, property speculators, and heritage lobby groups who benefit from this broken system. They have strong incentives to maintain this status quo at the expense of this city’s real character – its people. We’re proud to have been able to radically change the direction of debate to center intergenerational equity, the decolonisation of our built environment, and people’s right to adequate and accessible housing.  There has been a national spotlight on this campaign thanks to strong advocacy from so many people across the region. Thanks to the pressure you have all brought we’re finally seeing a shift in Council on this issue. Councillors are recognising that decades of inaction means house prices and rents are out of control, while badly maintained properties rot from underneath us. People are being priced out of the city, spending hours each day commuting while the city sprawls and our emissions rise. We would like to thank the Councillors who stood up for a progressive vision for our city – your efforts to push this plan further are deeply appreciated. We applaud the 1,300+ residents of Wellington who made their voices heard and signed our petition demanding action from the Council, and got this more ambitious Spatial Plan across the line. Thank you to the people who shared their housing stories with us and entered our photo competition – your words and pictures have made this an issue no one could ignore.  The outcome of today’s vote will enable thousands more of the homes that Wellington desperately needs. The reduction of the colonial character precincts and the increases to walkable catchments around public transport and the centre city are both big wins for action on the housing and climate crises. The outcome of these changes are a plan that goes above and beyond the original Draft Spatial Plan. This is a strong signal to other cities in New Zealand that it’s time to step up and implement the NPS-UD to enable enough homes for all. However, this isn’t the end of the process. Over the next two years, this Spatial Plan will inform the development of the new District Plan. We are committed to supporting a District Plan that allows Wellington to plan for the future but are disappointed that legislation requires such a delay in implementing this vision with two extra consultations and a court process. 2024 is too long to wait to fix our housing crisis, which is severe and getting worse by the day. We now call on Central Government to intervene and speed up the implementation of the NPS-UD and fund infrastructure to realise this new development capacity. Ngā mihi nui, A City for People, Generation Zero, and Renters United The post A City for People declares victory as Wellington City Council passes an ambitious Spatial Plan, but calls on Central Government to speed up implementation, infrastructure. appeared first on Renters United.

    • Renters forgotten in Government’s housing package
      • Renters have been hit hardest by the housing crisis. Not only are they locked out of the buyers market due to ever increasing rents, but the severe lack of supply has left many with no choice but to live in substandard, overcrowded housing. These new policy announcements do nothing to help us in the short term. “The government needs to drastically increase supply of social housing in order to remove heat from the private market. The past 4 decades have shown us that the private market is unable to keep up with the demand.” “The policy falls short of delivering any change to over one third of NZ’ers currently in rental properties. The government has the mandate to bring real change for over a third of the country by implementing a rent freeze, or rent control. But they consciously chose not to.” “Landlords are almost universally exempt from the brightline test extension. Tax changes could have targeted landlords, who are doing as much as property investors to ” Will this policy lead to an increase in rent? “Landlords consistently increase rent regardless of if they face an increase in expenses. We wanted to see the government limit the amount rent can be increased to the improvements to the property or inflation.” “For decades renting your property has been a risk free investment, guaranteed by consecutive governments. All investments come with risk, and it’s time we acknowledged that.” “Businesses borrow money to create circulation in the market. They employ people and they produce goods or services. By and large landlords don’t fall into this description. Landlords will argue this will ruin the rental market, when they hardly contribute new builds to it anyway” They sit on houses like smaug sitting on a pile of gold. The post Renters forgotten in Government’s housing package appeared first on Renters United.

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