Twyford upcrisises the housing crisis

Photoshopped image credit: Lushington Brady.

Not content with a doubling of the waiting list for state house placements and an abject failure of the vaunted Kiwibuild scheme, our beloved minister of mangling has just poured petrol on the fire called the housing crisis.

You certainly cannot accuse Twyford of nine years of neglect as he is going gangbusters at making a mess of the entire housing situation. Quote.

New Government rules will require every rental home in New Zealand to have a heater in the living room and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom.

The new requirements are part of the Government’s healthy homes standards, announced by Housing Minister Phil Twyford this morning.

The Green Party has welcomed the new rules, but the Green Building Council said they were not quite good enough.

Well they would, wouldn’t they. Not a brain cell between the lot of them. Unintended consequences is a foreign concept for the Greens.

National said the cost of the new rules would ultimately be born by tenants.

End quote.

Well duh! Who do Twyford and the Greens think is going to pay for all this? Quote.

The standards set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, as well as rules to stop draughts, in all residential rental properties across the country. […]

Twyford said the new rules were some of the “most important public health changes the Government could make”.

“Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand, and our rental stock is of poorer quality than owner-occupied homes.”

He said it was estimated about 200,000 families lived in rental homes that did not have ceiling or underfloor insulation.

“The Ministry of Health says 6000 children are admitted each year for ‘housing-sensitive hospitalisations’.” End quote.

What is the number of children admitted each year for ‘poor housekeeping hospitalisations’? Quote.

He said these children had been found to be nearly four times more likely to be re-hospitalised and 10 times more likely to die in the following 10 years.

“We cannot continue to accept this.”

A commitment to ending “energy poverty” by ensuring every New Zealander had a warm, dry, secure home was part of the Labour/Greens supply and confidence agreement.

The Greens welcomed the news; co-leader Marama Davidson saying New Zealand’s housing standards were not fit for purpose. […]

National housing spokeswoman Judith Collins said with the State House waiting list now topping 10,000 for the first time, the last thing the Labour Government should be doing was making it more expensive to rent.

“More cost on landlords will be passed on to tenants.” […]

From July 2021, private landlords must ensure their rental properties comply with the standards.

All Housing New Zealand houses and registered Community Housing Providers houses must comply with the healthy home standards by July 2023.

By July 2024, all rental homes must comply with the new standards. End quote.

So the government, with all the cash, has three more years than the Mom & Pop landlords. That seems fair. If all private people must comply by 2021 and all State and Community housing by 2023, who is left to comply by 2024? Quote.

The new required standards
? Heating: Rental homes must have a fixed heating device that can heat the living room to 18C.

? Insulation: Ceiling and underfloor insulation must either meeting the 2008 building code, or have a minimum thickness of 120mm

? Ventilation: Windows in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms must be operable and extractor fans must be in rooms with a bath or shower, on indoor cooktop. [How many rentals have outdoor cooktops?]

? Moisture and drainage: If a rental property has an enclosed subfloor, it must have a ground moisture barrier if it’s possible to install one.

? Draughts: Landlords must stop any unnecessary gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors, and doors that cause noticeable draughts. All unused chimneys and fireplaces must be blocked. End quote.

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The landlord must provide openable windows in the living area but then as landlord is responsible for any noticeable draughts if the window is opened?

As a part-time manager of three rental units, I ask if the heat pump is working on my regular inspections. Three out of three never use it as it costs money to run.

An extractor fan was fitted in an internal bathroom and wired to turn on with the light. Complaints about the cost of running the fan ensued.

The current trickle of rental properties for sale is going to become a flood, especially before the CGT kicks in.

What a bunch of absolute muppets this lot is.