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