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Massey Manawatū Students Support Campaign to Fix Renting

Press Release – Massey University Students Association

Rising rents, substandard housing, and insecure tenancies are the reality for growing numbers of students in the Manawat. Proposing common sense change to renting laws, MUSA is involved in a national campaign launched today to fix renting alongside other …
“Massey Manawatū Students Support Campaign to Fix Renting”

From: Massey University Students’ Association (MUSA)

Rising rents, substandard housing, and insecure tenancies are the reality for growing numbers of students in the Manawatū. Proposing common sense change to renting laws, MUSA is involved in a national campaign launched today to fix renting alongside other community organisations.

“MUSA is proud to support the Campaign to Fix Renting with our students and allies,” Massey University Students’ Association President Ben Schmidt said today.

“No student should have to borrow money to pay to live in a house that makes them sick, and in fear of being blacklisted if they complain. This is the situation that too many of our students live in: broke, sick, and too scared to complain in case of retaliation.”

“Setting basic living standards for homes, limiting rent increases, and strengthening enforcement are critical to making housing safe, affordable, and fair for student renters.”

All homes should be safe and healthy to live in. We propose that the government introduces a Warrant of Fitness for all rental homes.

Renters should feel secure. Existing 90 day no-cause evictions refuse housing stability, and allow exploitative landlords to increase rent and threaten tenants who stand up for their rights.

Rent should be affordable, and the current national average of $475 per week is beyond the reach of many. We call for fair restrictions to rent increases that allow students to stay in housing.

Renters should receive protection of the law. We propose reform of the Tribunal to an investigative model; funding of tenancy advocacy services nationwide; and compulsory regulation of all property managers.

The issues faced by our students are also issues for renters in the wider community. Let’s campaign to fix renting.

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