RENTERS STRUG­GLING

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

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

(Abridged)

Bren­don Lear­month

Some res­i­dents be­lieve the noise from the Palmer­ston North Speed­way is too loud.

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