Landlords and Rental Agents Need to Take Responsibility for the Condition of Their Rental Properties

At HOBANZ we are interested in improving the living environment of all New Zealanders and are therefore committed to improving the quality of all homes including rental properties. Focusing on the level of insulation is a good starting point.

Insulation of homes is a major issue in New Zealand. According to the World Health Organization, a minimum indoor temperature of 18°C, and ideally 21°C if babies or elderly people live in the house is recommended.  The average daily indoor temperature in the winter for most New Zealand houses is just 16°C.

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HOBANZ to Assist Minister with the Call for Changes to the Unit Titles Act

As an organisation representing the interest of the consumer, HOBANZ will be contributing to Minister Nikki Kaye’s white paper regarding the changes that stakeholders and the Minister would like to see made to the Unit Titles Act specifically in the area of Long Term Maintenance plans.

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Apartment Owner Blocked Out of Her Unit in Dispute with Body Corporate

The stresses on those who find themselves owners of leaky and defective properties can be enormous – they can quickly go from being reasonably comfortable to being displaced with their lives disrupted and their financial security undermined.

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Deregulation Non-Compliance Turns Home into House of Horrors

This following article highlights the failure of the New Zealand government to properly understand the scope and depth of the issues surrounding the failure of the building compliance system from the early 1990’s to around 2005 and to respond accordingly. We’re now starting to see the fallout of this inaction and we think this just is the tip of the iceberg.

 

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