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Will targeting landlords solve our rental problem? OPINION: This week we sold our rental property. It was something of an emotional event, as it had been my first home, then our first home until our little family outgrew it. It's a fairly humble home in a humble area, but it's saved by its location, a jaw-dropping view of the sea. I fell in love with it on the spot. Rather than sell it, we did what lots of Kiwis do – suck out some equity to buy a new home and rent the old one out. As a landlord, I don't expect any sympathy. You hardly breathe the word when others don't have a home. And it's true, bad landlords do exist. But we did try to be a good one and take a business-like approach. With rental housing in short supply, should we be discouraging people from becoming landlords?
How to cope with the letting fee ban The new Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill is now at the Select Committee stage with public submissions on the bill open until the 23rd May. Expect this to be law by Christmas with a further three months before the fee is banned completely. For all you people who are thinking of calling the letting fee something else or looking for an alternative fee to charge tenants, save your time and energy, that isn't going to work. The best thing we can do as an industry is to accept this, figure out if and how we can recover this and adapt to the situation.
Support to keep rental letting fees Should people with more money be given priority when applying to rent a home from a landlord? That's the question the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) is raising as it fights to keep the practice of 'letting fees' – an arbitrary payment demanded by some landlords via letting agencies. The government is looking to ban the practice in law, but the NZPIF doesn’t think legislation to prohibit letting fees is needed. In fact, they claim some tenants will be discriminated against because they want to pay it.
Why is it so hard to find a rental that allows pets? According to a report by Barfoot & Thompson, only 11% of Auckland properties they listed in 2017 allowed pets, despite 64% of Kiwi homes having at least one. Is this discrimination on the part of the landlords? Or a justified protection of their investment?
Tax policy could heighten rental crisis
Misunderstanding of the difference between property speculators and property investors is driving tax policy which will lead to a rental crisis, the Property Institute warns. Government plans to change the tax treatment of property investment are well under way. The bright line test has been extended from two to five years, a proposal to change the rules around the tax deductibility of losses associated with the ownership of rental properties is making headway, and the Tax Working Group hard at work. Government ministers say the policy changes are an attempt to level the playing field between speculators, investors and home buyers.
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