You can help New Zealand children live in better quality rental housing!  – CPAG

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CPAG has teamed up with ActionStation, Unicef, NZCCSS and Sustainability Trust to create an easy and simple way for you to make a submission with your views on what the minimum housing standards in rental properties should be. So together, we can make sure children will be protected from harmful, unhealthy housing. Submit on minimum housing standards here. Read more background information on the CPAG website.

Last year CPAG ran a housing campaign with a focus on healthy and affordable housing. Together with AAAP, Unite and First union, we walked on a Hikoi for Homes with the message that everyone has a right to access to decent quality, affordable and safe housing

Right now we are putting the pressure on once again in the lead up to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill submissions due 27 January.

We are calling you to act by making a submission on this Amendment Bill  either as an individual or organisation. It’s a really easy and simple submission process, so please submit now! 

The focus of the CPAG submission is on certain small changes which, if made, could improve the outcomes for children significantly.
Key points included in the CPAG submission:
  • CPAG commends the Government for proposing this legislation for installation of smoke alarms and insulation in residential tenancies but urges that the July 2016 time requirement include all residential tenancies.
  • That compliance with existing legislation that requires homes to be free of dampness, to be secure, to not leak, to have safe wiring, and to have proper sanitation, be vigorously enforced.
  • That a tenant will be able to apply for a retaliatory eviction notice to be quashed up to 42 days after it is given.
  • That a full Warrant of Fitness be a requirement for all residential tenancies, with a significant fine imposed for non-compliance.
  • That fair rental regulations be introduced.