Generation Rent: Rethinking New Zealand’s Priorities, by Shamubeel Eaqub and Selena Eaqub, has received a great deal of attention since it was released six months ago, and quite rightly. It’s … Continue reading “We need to focus on the wins we can sustain”: An interview with Shamubeel Eaqub (Part 1)
In the important new book, No country for old maids? Talking about the ‘man drought‘, one of the issues author Hannah August puts her brilliant mind to is the disadvantages … Continue reading Single ladies and the housing market
Today, New Zealand’s newest MP, Green Marama Davidson, gave her maiden speech in Parliament. It’s a remarkable speech in many ways, but this is a blog about housing, so I … Continue reading “You shouldn’t have to become an MP to get a house to live in”
Thirty-four thousand people in New Zealand are homeless, or severely housing deprived: they crowd in to friends’ homes, stay in campgrounds, boarding houses, garages or cars, and live on the … Continue reading Would a statutory right to housing make a difference to homelessness?
This is a repost from the CPAG blog. A rental housing warrant of fitness (WOF) sets out a list of fundamental features of a safe and healthy house. If a house … Continue reading Government-commissioned report makes a strong case for a rental WOF
Last week, I wrote about how England’s tenants will soon be protected from retaliatory eviction. This means that if tenants complain about substandard conditions and the landlord responds by evicting … Continue reading Why protection from retaliatory eviction fails to ensure tenants report unhealthy housing
Tenant organisations in England are celebrating new regulations which give renters new protection – protection which New Zealand renters already have, and which has recently been extended. It’s a good time … Continue reading England’s new regulations to protect tenants from retaliatory evictions