RENTS DENT EARNINGS
We’re in 2015 and the problems in the rental market are the same as they were in the 1990s. Unaffordable rents are still the reality for many New Zealand households, yet the answer from landlords seems to be ‘increase the rent and let the accommodation supplement meet the shortfall’.
The Manawatu Tenants Union has noticed a spike in tenants having to decide whether to pay their rent or the power bill. High rents and high power bills continue to impoverish New Zealand households.
We live in a country where the quality of life is determined by one’s income, not by fairness. At one time New Zealand had a reputation for a quality of life to be proud of, which has been eroded over the past 30 years.
The politics of the public good is the way forward.
Kevin Reilly, Manawatu Tenants Union