Ashley Church: Five ways the NZ Government has put the screws on landlords | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Ashley Church: Five ways the NZ Government has put the screws on landlords

OPINION: Last week, during a TV interview, I made an offhand observation that the Government is the most anti-landlord administration in our nation’s history. That comment kicked off a fierce debate and led to a number of commentators and political blogs wading in to defend the Government.

So was my claim unfair? Not at all – and I stand by it.

The fact is, the overwhelming bulk of rental accommodation in New Zealand is provided by private landlords, who collectively own around 440,000 rental properties. Housing New Zealand owns another 65,000, councils own around 12,000, and non-government social housing organisations own 8,000.

These policies are inequitable and will inevitably lead to higher rents, an exodus of investors and fewer rental properties at precisely the time when we need them the most. Few things could be more certain.

*Like I said earlier, our Labour Govt under Aunty Cindy is socialising private property rentals.*

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