It’s Time for #RentControlsNow!

Rents are out of control: we’re calling on the government to put in place rent controls now. Rent controls are an urgent measure to reduce the stress that too many families and people face due to exorbitant and uncontrolled rent increases.

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Have you faced a rent increase? If so it’s time the government footed the bill for their lack of action! Fill out a bill and send it to the government at bill.fairrentnow.nz to demand rent controls now!

For the last ten years rents have been increasing faster than incomes. That means rent makes up a larger portion of renters incomes, making escaping the broken rental market even harder.

We can’t keep up with these unjustified price hikes. But we can keep it under control. We’re calling on the Government to limit rent increases based on meaningful improvements made to the property and inflation.

You have to work for your raise, and your landlord should too. In this market landlords have no incentive to maintain, or even improve your home. If the Government believes everyone deserves a warm, dry, safe home they will implement rent controls.

Grant Robertson said he’d take action if it was needed. The data and the stories of renters show action is needed! The Government is out of touch with renters, our voices need to be heard!

Make a donation

We’re building a movement throughout Aotearoa and we need your help to make sure we reach as many renters as we can! If you can, please donate now at our GiveALittle page so together we can make our demand for rent control visible across our cities.

Get Involved!

Have you faced a rent increase? If so it’s time the government footed the bill for their lack of action! Fill out a bill and send it to the government at bill.fairrentnow.nz to demand rent controls now!

Haven’t faced a rent increase but support our call for rent controls? Head over to bill.fairrentnow.nz and sign our letter.

Share your renters stories! If you want to share your story lets us know. We are a grassroots organisation; we’re stronger together. Share your story with us

Our Demands

  • Limit rent increases to no more than inflation, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the preceding 12 months.
  • Allow reasonable and proportionate rent increases above CPI where significant improvements have been made to the quality or facilities of the home – beyond ordinary maintenance. Such improvements would not include those made in order for the property to comply with minimum standards.
  • Prevent unreasonable rent hikes between tenancies by requiring the landlord to set rent within a reasonable range of the previous rent charged for that property (except where significant improvements beyond normal maintenance have been made) and inform incoming tenants in writing of the rent paid by the previous tenants.

Rent controls work.

The number of studies that suggest that rent controls work is growing. Let’s not forget, also, that rents were frozen across the board last year during the lockdown, and the country did not implode (not for that reason, anyway.)

Not convinced? Or need help convincing someone else? You can check out our FAQ’s here.

Keep the campaign moving forward

Every dollar counts. A donation as small as $5 can help us reach another 100 renters. If you can, please donate now at our GiveALittle page so together we can make our demand for rent control visible across our cities.


Authorised by: Robert Whitaker, 17 Tavistock Road, Wellington 6023