Ven­ti­la­tion needed

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Only one rea­son for cold damp homes with mould, that is lack of ven­ti­la­tion, al­low­ing dead air. Such causes are lack of un­der­floor ven­ti­la­tion, in­side clothes dri­ers and homes not ven­ti­lated dur­ing the day.

One never had such prob­lem in the old days be­fore the ad­vent of plas­ter board, alu­minum join­ery, re­frig­er­a­tor, etc. Yes, back in my child­hood day homes were homes; draughty, yes but healthy com­pared with to­day’s homes. We did tape our wooden win­dows in the win­ter in the Wairarapa and King Coun­try from the gale-force winds and snow. Dur­ing the win­ter days as chil­dren we would play out­side in the snow and mud, and many of us too lived ac­tive lives.

One has to ask if to­day’s life­style is not the prob­lem to the ills that the Gov­ern­ment is claim­ing on rental hous­ing, funny that their reg­u­la­tions do not cover pri­vate homes. Some­how I once more be­lieve I am smelling a real rot­ten rat, which I be­lieve is pol­i­tics, as the nanny state takes fur­ther con­trol of our lives.

I ask our Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern, how come we need all the pro­posed new reg­u­la­tions for rental hous­ing in New Zealand, when peo­ple in the Arc­tic re­gions, etc, live in con­di­tions peo­ple in New Zealand will never ex­pe­ri­ence?

If peo­ple ac­cept rental hous­ing, then I say what they ac­cept is what they get; if ren­ters do not ac­cept the land­lord’s con­di­tions, then the land­lord would have to up­grade their prop­er­ties to the ren­ters’ re­quire­ments or go bust.

If ren­ters are un­happy, per­haps they need to re­view their lives and buy their own home. I brought my own home, when I had an in­come of 32 cents per hour, yes it was hard go­ing with a wife not work­ing and four chil­dren but the longterm re­sults have been pos­i­tive as to what it would have been prof­it­ing a land­lord in­stead of my­self and my fam­ily.

I say many peo­ple need to take a good look at them­selves and their fu­ture as I can­not see much of a fu­ture in their present di­rec­tion in life. JOHN BAS­SETT

Dig­gers’ Val­ley

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