The Housing crisis will be fastidiously ignored by the Labour Party and National in the 2020 election.
- Despite entire generations locked out of home ownership.
- Despite 14 500 waiting for State Housing.
- Despite Renters rights still too weak to protect them from deplorable slumlords.
- Despite Ghost houses that aren’t rented out so filthy investors don’t dirty their precious investments.
- Despite homelessness continuing unabated.
Labour won’t highlight the housing crisis because they have failed to correct a damaged free market by trying to use more free market solutions and National won’t highlight it because over inflated property speculation makes the middle classes feel rich and that keeps getting National elected.
What we need is 50 000 new state houses with options to allow state tenants to buy them. The only reason slumlords get away with their malfeasance is because of the desperation created by the poor, the working poor and mass migration stresses all trying to get housing.
Remove the desperation by upgrading State houses forces the market to change, but that would also drive down profit margins and devalue the thing that makes the middle class property speculators feel rich, so Labour and National will studiously ignore anything that makes those voters fret.
It will be left up to the Māori Party and the Greens to demand action because Labour & National certainly won’t.