218-1 The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill proposes to introduce sweeping changes that will, in our view, significantly impact the business of landlording.
In fact, according to the REINZ, 82% of New Zealanders oppose the Bill’s signature proposal to abolish the landlord’s ability to terminate a tenancy with
a 90-day notice.
The public has until 25th of March 2020 to submit against the Bill. In addition to being simply bad law, we are also incredibly concerned by the staggering
level of misinformation that is being repeated about this Bill.
To that end, we have put together this action guide to help landlords understand what 218-1 means in practice and take positive steps to push back against
What can you do about 218-1?
- Explanatory notes for landlords (pdf)
- The lazy person’s guide to 218-1 (video)
- 218-1 Fact-checker (blog)
- How would termination work under this bill? (video)
- Property Academy Podcast Ep. 180: Legal changes for landlords – what investors need to know (podcast)
- Property Academy Podcast Ep. 181: How you can make your voice heard as a landlord (podcast)
- New Zealand Property Podcast Ep. 104 Sarina Gibbon and Mark Discuss Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (podcast)
- iFindProperty Breaking down the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 218-1 (video)
- Property Apprentice RTA submission info (video)
- Submission link (deadline midnight 25th March)
- How to make a submission – a toolkit for landlords (pdf)
- Example submissions by APIA members (Google Doc)
- Write to your MP (pdf)
- Write to neighbours of anti-social tenants (docx)
- Write to neighbours of all other tenants (docx)
- Sign the petition to keep the RTA unchanged
- Forward this link to anyone (landlords, tenants, neighbours of tenants) who you think will be affected by 218-1/interested in the information.
The time has come for us to take action against 218-1. While its objectives are laudable, the Bill remains grossly neglectful of the day-to-day challenges
of landlords and stubbornly naïve of the business of renting. Not only will it fail at achieving the objectives of making renting more fair New Zealand
and giving tenants more control, it will most certainly result in unintended consequences that will add undue burden not just on landlords, but also
Will you idly stand by while our elected representatives choose ideological pursuit over their duties to act for and serve all of New Zealand?