SHAME­FUL STAN­DARD OF RENTAL HOUS­ING

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - AN­NETTE MOF­FAT Is­land Bay

Porirua City Coun­cil voted to take no ac­tion this month with re­gard to in­tro­duc­ing in­ter­ven­tion­ist laws to deal with damp, cold hous­ing.

Un­prin­ci­pled land­lords can con­tinue to rent out sub stan­dard hous­ing, even though it causes health prob­lems such as rheumatic fever.

Porirua East has the high­est in­ci­dence in New Zealand and the de­vel­oped world (Google Rheumatic Fever – the in­for­ma­tion is there).

The mayor, Nick Leggett, says the Gov­ern­ment should ad­dress the prob­lem. He says the Health and Build­ing Act is tooth­less, but is will­ing to wait for re­form by the Gov­ern­ment. I urge churches, jour­nal­ists, res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tions etc to lobby for this shame­ful is­sue to be ad­dressed. My daugh­ter took her land­lord to the Ten­ancy Tri­bunal be­cause there was a leak run­ning down a bed­room wall and other prob­lems.

Apart from get­ting a rent re­duc­tion, the tri­bunal had no teeth to en­force re­pairs.

I spent $100 get­ting a roofer to seal the hole, and even then the fam­ily were re­luc­tant to act be­cause it’s il­le­gal to re­pair rented houses.

Then they were told to move be­cause the land­lord had fam­ily want­ing to rent house. Two small chil­dren and their par­ents were re­duced to a cabin at Els­don Mo­tor Camp this win­ter while wait­ing on an ur­gent hous­ing list. Peo­ple of Porirua, are you ashamed of th­ese land­lords? Would you rent out a house you wouldn’t live in? Do you want to pay taxes for med­i­cal care of ill­nesses caused by poor hous­ing?

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