The Tribune (NZ) - - VIEWS / CONVERSATIONS -

As the rental ac­com­mo­da­tion cri­sis lurches from one prob­lem to another, it is in­ter­est­ing to fol­low the media at­ten­tion given to those prob­lems.

State hous­ing is al­ways in the line of fire and takes a ham­mer­ing for its sub-stan­dard con­di­tions, yet the prop­er­ties of pri­vate land­lords barely get a men­tion.

Yet most of the rental mar­ket – 85 per cent – is man­aged by pri­vate land­lords.

There are claims that there are 300,000 land­lords in New Zealand but the Ten­ancy Bond of­fice only have 129.000 land­lords reg­is­tered with them.

How­ever, these pri­vate land­lords never make the media, de­spite some third world hous­ing con­di­tions that they pre­side over.

The bad press that Hous­ing New Zealand re­ceives sim­ply as­sists the gov­ern­ment in their mis­sion to get out of pro­vid­ing af­ford­able state hous­ing for New Zealan­ders.

The coun­try needs more af­ford­able rental hous­ing as rent­ing is now the new nor­mal.

Kevin Reilly, Manawatu Ten­ants Union

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