Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill due for second reading

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Mon, 3 Aug 2020, 12:34PM
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Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill due for second reading

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 3 Aug 2020, 12:34PM

Tenants rights could be strengthened soon.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill is due for its second reading in the House tomorrow.

It will end no-cause evictions, meaning landlords' must offer more robust reasons for getting rid of tenants.

Herald property editor Anne Gibson told Kerre McIvor it's a pathway towards creating tenants for life - similar to New Zealand's employment laws.

"People are embedded in the community. Why should they be told '90 days, you're out, and we don't have to give a reason'?"

She understands the Property Investors Federation concern over anti-social tenants.

"You are going to have to get, as a landlord, the neighbours to wear affidavits to say that these people have been anti-social and are ruining the lives of the people around them to try and get rid of them."

Last week, Kris Faafoi, associate Housing Minister, vowed the change would become law shortly.

"It is still the Government's intention to see the RTA reforms passed in the term of this Parliament," said a Faafoi spokesman when asked if the overhaul would be passed in this Parliamentary term before the September 19 election.

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