Regulating landlords in NZ

This surprises me, I’ve just hooked into the large number of kiwi blogs that exist – led by and started looking around for topics of interest. There’s nothing on this on the blogs I’ve visited…

A draft plan, which differs significantly from the plan which spawned it was published in the New Zealand Property Magazine in March: Restructuring the residential property investment industry.

The PropertyTalk website buzzed with comment such as: NZPIF proposals Who doesn’t want to join but not on the other landlording websites. One appears to cater to the “it’s all about me” types but I’m surprised about the other.

Helen Gatonyi, a tenants protection advocate from Christchurch, came out briefly to comment but her group doesn’t appear to have a site, blog etc to make public comments or to provide an initial point of contact (Helen, I’d be happy to help you out). Nor does there seem to be any national coordination.

So, as I’ve cruised through some of the blogs I’m surprised not to have seen posts commenting on the proposed regulations, either from the perspective of a landlord, or a tenant – after all it’s about ensuring that tenants get good service from professional landlords, not hobbyist landlords. Maybe there isn’t a problem after all.


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  1. April 10, 2005

    From Montana, USA

    “[The] city government has no business regulating landlords, and increased licensing costs would make affordable housing more difficult to find,” said Fellows.

    The proposed ordinance would require anyone renting out duplexes, single homes, apartments, or rooms to get a license from the city government.


    The Scottish Executive introduced mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in October 2000. A licence is required for every house or flat where 3 or more people live who are not all members of one family or of one or other of two families.

    But we want to avoid licencing the property – just the person, surely? A person can get themselves to the licencing authority, or use online tools. If the landlord is good, then the properties will be good too.

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