The Manawatu Tenants Union, welcomes students back to Palmerston North and trusts that they enjoy the city and its people.
This is the time the rental housing is set to kick off. The costs of of finding a flat/ house can be considerable, around $2300-plus just to move into an average three bedroom house.
Rental accommodation is the only option for most New Zealand families. Waiting lists continue to grow for affordable state housing and council housing.
Rents have increased by 5.6 per cent [Manawatu] in the last year, while incomes have not risen to meet the increased rents being demanded by landlords.
Landlords are running a business and should pay all the costs of running a business. Letting fees [one week rent +GST ] should be banned, as they are in the UK.
Let’s hope our political parties take a page out of the book of the Conservative Government in the UK and help assist renters and not just homeowners.
This change will happen as there are now more people living in rental accommodation and the majority of them are voters.
Kevin Reilly, Manawatu Tenants Union
Some residents believe the noise from the Palmerston North Speedway is too loud.