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We’ve compared all the major political parties’ policies for renters and ranked them.
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How the parties rank

Green Party

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

Will introduce a mandatory rental WOF and will restore Warm Up NZ insulation grants, making insulation for low income families more affordable.

Renters are secure in their homes

Will abolish no-fault evictions and give current tenants the first right of renewal when the lease period finishes and extend the standard length of a normal tenancy to 3 years instead of one year.

All renters have affordable housing

Will restrict rent rises to just once a year, require rent increase formula to be included in the letting agreement, abolish letting fees, build more community housing and expand income-related rents.

Renters rights are effectively enforced

Will use unclaimed bond money to fund advocacy services, will aim to reform the tenancy tribunal away from an adversarial model.

Māori Party

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

Will implement a mandatory rental WOF and housing inspectors to ensure landlord compliance.

Renters are secure in their homes

Will abolish no-fault evictions and make other changes to enhance security

All renters have affordable housing

Will freeze rent in state housing, investigate rent caps for private rental market, co-design 25-year housing strategy and change RTA to ensure tenants aren’t left out of pocket if a landlord sells.

Renters rights are effectively enforced

Will make it easier to access Tenancy Tribunal, use whānau ora navigators’ for rights education and review the RTA to address power imbalances.

NZ First

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

Supports a rental WOF but expects it to be enforced by renters.

Renters are secure in their homes

Will seek to improve security by abolishing no-fault evictions except in the case of redevelopment of property. Little detail about policy.

All renters have affordable housing

Will prevent rent increases except in cases where property has been significantly improved, government impositions or adjusting for the CPI, abolish letting fees and create "Kiwi Housing" a commercial entity for residential development.

Renters rights are effectively enforced

Will fund tenant education and advocacy services and will establish a housing commission to ensure a non-political approach to solving the housing crisis.

Labour Party

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

Will raise insulation standards, introduce a mandatory WOF and provide insulation subsidies.

Renters are secure in their homes

Will abolish ‘no-cause’ terminations of tenancies, increase 42 day notice periods to 90 days and give tenants right to make minor alterations if they pay double bond. No change to fixed term tenancies.

All renters have affordable housing

Will limit rent increases to once a year, require a formula for increases to be specified in the tenancy agreement and ban letting fees. Will increase supply of affordable housing through the Kiwibuild scheme.

Renters rights are effectively enforced

Will consider reforms to Tenancy Tribunal to improve accessibility.

MANA Movement

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

Will introduce a mandatory WOF.

Renters are secure in their homes

No specific policy.

All renters have affordable housing

Will increase state and community housing and introduce a rent control system.

Renters rights are effectively enforced

No specific policy.

Opportunities Party

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

Will introduce rental WOF, restore Emissions Trading Scheme and enhance building standards to incentivise energy efficient high quality housing.

Renters are secure in their homes

Reform rental sector to "German model", longer tenancies, end "no fault" and on-sale evictions.

All renters have affordable housing

Tax reform to address price inflation and speculation, expand community housing sector.

Renters rights are effectively enforced

No specific policy.

United Future

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

Will introduce rental WOF as well as programmes to fund quality improvements.

Renters are secure in their homes

Will review existing legislation.

All renters have affordable housing

Will investigate how rents could be controlled and whether letting fees are fair.

Renters rights are effectively enforced

Will review Tenancy Tribunal.

National Party

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

No policy.

Renters are secure in their homes

No policy.

All renters have affordable housing

Will increase supply by freeing up land for development and building 34,000 new houses (social housing and affordable homes)

Renters rights are effectively enforced

No policy.

ACT Party

All rental housing is warm, healthy and safe

No policy.

Renters are secure in their homes

No policy.

All renters have affordable housing

Wants to facilitate the development of 600,000 new homes to address supply by ‘cutting red tape’ for private developers.

Renters rights are effectively enforced

Believes the current Tenancy Tribunal protects renters rights and is underutilised by renters. Will introduce new legislation with home building and property rights at the forefront.

How to vote

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Details about how we prepared this comparison

We’ve provided the same set of questions to each political party, asking them whether they supported each of the recommendations from the People’s Review of Renting. We also asked them if they had any additional or alternative policies that sought to address the same goals as they ones we recommend.

Based on their responses we have rated them against the four key goals we have set out in the Peoples Review of Renting.

Parties with policies that will make a material difference to renters we have rated green.

Parties who’s policies may have some limited effect are amber.

Parties who lack policy that will make a difference, or whose policies are likely to do harm to renters are rated red.

The parties have been placed in order of overall support for policies that will make a meaningful difference to renters.

Contact

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info@rentersunited.org.nz.