Tenants in Wellington marched to the door of property management company Quinovic, demanding better rights for tenants.
The protesters are calling on all landlords to treat tenants more fairly, but some of their demands have been criticized by a group of property investors.
Tenants, who took to the streets of Wellington, felt ripped off and marched to demand better rights.
“We really need the New Zealand rental culture to change because it’s completely out of control,” said Anne Campbell of Tenant Action Wellington.
Tenant George Edwards is paying $260 a week for a cold, moldy house and his landlord recently showed up unannounced when he was having friends over.
“He decided to come in and shut everything down, which was really intrusive. We soon found out that you weren’t allowed to add clauses as any party in your contracts.”
Tenants’ Action Wellington wants change and offers 10 demands for property owners and managers.
Their demands include:
- Lower all rental prices to 25% of the lowest government benefit
- Five-year minimum leases
- Elimination of flat inspections
- Require landlords to give one year’s notice before selling or reoccupying the home.
Requires Federation of Real Estate Investors Andrew King slammed.
“I can understand why tenants would want rents to go down, it’s not an easy situation for them right now – but these demands from this group are just outrageous, they’re impractical,” King said. .
“I don’t completely agree with all the demands made under the tenant action banner, but I agree with a lot of them,” protester Marie Russell said.
Requests are for all property owners and managers, but especially Quinovic.
“Your moldy houses are making us sick, eat shit Quinovic,” chanted the protesters.
Protesters marched to Quinovic’s offices, but the company said it had no contact with the group.
Quinovic declined Newshub’s interview request and said the requests would require changes to the law.
“Any individual owner could implement them right now if they wanted to,” Campbell said.
A choice that these tenants hope their landlords will make.