Fewer than one in 500 rental properties are being checked to make sure they’re up to the Government’s minimum standards because there’s an expectation that landlords should be honest, the Housing Minister says.
Megan Woods told Q+A she would like to see the number of Healthy Homes Standards compliance checks increased. She said, however, that the onus should be on landlords to tell the truth rather than taxpayers paying to police it.
“We also do need landlords to be honest. I don’t think any of us think that’s an unrealistic expectation. We ask people to make declarations all over the place in terms of their lives… but we are doing some checks.”
Jesus wept, doesn’t Megan Woods just perfectly sum up everything wrong with this Government?
She’s ‘trusting’ the fucking Landlords is she? Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden as well Megan?
Our purposely under funded state doesn’t have the capacity or tools to actually challenge these corporate interests!
The obligation of the Government is to regulate Capitalism so that we the people benefit from the competitive dynamics of competition!
The disgusting right myth is that NZ is an over taxed, over regulated economy when that is total bullshit!
Max Rashbrooke highlighted the horror of NZs under regulated market…
The bad news is that, to investigate 200,000-300,000 terrible rentals, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has employed a frontline inspectorate numbering … 37. Each inspector will have to check somewhere between 5000 and 8000 rentals.
…there is only 37 inspectors of rental properties for 300 000 terrible rentals?
Similar poorly funded regulation is apparent in the 82 labour inspectorates who are supposed to police hundreds of thousands of migrant worker exploitations!
Time and time and time again in New Zealand we see an old boy matrix of vested interests who occupy market dominance and act like a monopoly, duopoly or oligopoly raking in vast wealth while leaving the local small and medium sized operators outside the cosy relationships!
Up and down NZ, small and medium enterprises are unable to compete because of the lack of basic regulation in the market!
We’ve seen it with the Supermarket duopoly, the medicinal cannabis oligopoly, the Gib Board monopoly, the drainage industry and the rental market – each time under regulated and poorly regulated capitalism continues to screw over us the consumers at a time of a cost of living crisis and what’s Labour’s response?
‘Trust’ because the State’s regulators are utterly underfunded!
I’m not looking for socialism here folks, just basic garden variety regulated capitalism!
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