Wellington Propertyscouts

MP Grant Robertson asks students to dob in dodgy landlords - 21st Jan 2018

In the last few weeks there have been reports of Wellington university students having their rent increased by $50 per student to account for the $50 increase they received as one of Labours pre-election promises.  Now Wellington Central MP and Labour Finance Minister Grant Roberston has asked for Wellington students to ‘dob in’ any Wellington landlords who are putting up their rent by this amount.  Mr Roberston has invited students to get in touch if they believe the landlords are raising their rent illegally. Shortly after his request, Mr Roberston had received numerous reports from Wellington Student tenants. Propertyscouts Wellington had been waiting for the media to catch up and point out that landlords can’t just raise the rent to any amount and get away with it. In fact, any rent increase needs to be justifiable and within the current market rate otherwise the tenant can go to the Tenancy Tribunal and dispute it. Luckily Mr Robertson has pointed this out and said that some landlords may be in breach of the Residential Tenancies Act.
For full article: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/348499/robertson-asks-students-to-dob-in-dodgy-landlords

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