Rental hous­ing prob­lem grows

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Hous­ing will never be far from the me­dia spot­light in Porirua and Tawa.

Owing to Porirua and Lin­den’s state hous­ing stock, Hous­ing New Zealand is of­ten in the fir­ing line for the con­di­tion of some of its homes. Dis­grun­tled ten­ants con­tact the me­dia to voice their con­cerns, and Mana MP Kris Faafoi has long been an ad­vo­cate for Hous­ing New Zealand res­i­dents.

In June, we re­ported that doc­u­ments re­leased to Faafoi showed two se­ri­ous as­saults took place in now-de­mol­ished units in Esk Place and Haz­ard Gr. He said the as­saults high­lighted the Gov­ern­ment’s back­ward think­ing over hous­ing.

In Septem­ber, Mau­reen McDon­ald and La Field, who live in Hous­ing New Zealand homes in Ti­tahi Bay, told us they were con­cerned about the lack of main­te­nance and light­ing around their homes.

To its credit, the state-owned or­gan­i­sa­tion is up­grad­ing its houses, even if too slowly some­times.

In July we spoke to the Patu fam­ily, who live in Som­er­set Pl, Can­nons Creek, about the Warm Fuzzies pro­gramme, one of sev­eral projects aimed at up­grad­ing Porirua homes.

Per­haps the most burn­ing hous­ing is­sue con­cerns pri­vate land­lords.

Porirua City coun­cil­lors Euon Mur­rell and Litea Ah Hoi last year flagged that pri­vate ten­ants – 13 per cent of rented homes in Porirua are pri­vately owned – of­ten en­dured worse con­di­tions than those in state homes.

Many land­lords are ab­sen­tee and some com­pa­nies own dozens of rentals in Porirua.

The spot­light was turned on pri­vate land­lords when we spoke to Jay El­liott in Oc­to­ber.

He lived in a squalid home in Som­er­set Pl. The mould, cat urine and damp made it un­live­able.

How­ever, the week El­liott was mov­ing out, an ad­ver­tise­ment was placed in Kapi-Mana News to rent it.

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