Vot­ing for your wal­let

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - ROB STOCK

The most ex­tra­or­di­nary bat­tle over prop­erty rights is tak­ing place in the cur­rent elec­tion cam­paign.

In the blue corner are the land­lords and home­own­ers.

They’ve ben­e­fited for years from light-handed reg­u­la­tion, poli­cies con­tribut­ing to a fail­ure to build enough homes in our big cities, and a su­per-friendly tax sys­tem.

These poli­cies have helped house prices and rents reach very high lev­els.

In the red corner renters.

These have seen their rents rise, some­times by dou­ble-dig­its in a sin­gle year. They’ve seen their chances of own­ing homes spi­ral out of reach.

They have a higher chance than home­own­ers of liv­ing in damp, un­healthy and cold houses.

They also live with the threat that their land­lord can evict them with just 90 days’ no­tice, for no rea­son at all.

In previous elec­tions, no politi­cians were re­ally try­ing to woo the renters.

But now they have cham­pi­ons. are the

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