One Week Left: Tell Government your Thoughts on Renting

Press Release – Auckland Disability Law

One Week Left: Tell Government your Thoughts on Renting
At Auckland Disability Law (ADL) we see a lot of people having problems renting homes, both in the private rental market and with Housing New Zealand.

The Government is looking to change the law around renting with the reform of Residential Tenancies Act. The government wants to know about your renting experience including if you think your disability is impacting on how you are being treated by landlords and others in the sector.

This is your chance to share your experiences and suggestions on:
• Modifications: Are changes to accommodate your disability timely? Are they the right modifications? Was it easy or difficult getting permission from your landlord to get these modifications?
• Discrimination: Are you treated differently, and been left worse off, in your housing because of your disability?
• Finding and Keeping Rentals: Do you experience difficulty renting suitable homes?
• Assistance Dogs: Are you treated differently, and left worse off, because you have an assistance dog?
• Boarding Houses: Have you had experience living in boarding houses?
Submissions on the proposal changes to rental law must be received by 5pm Sunday 21 October 2018.

Ways to Have Your Say
Renters United Online Submission
Renters United is a rental advocacy group. They have a submission that will be sent to the government ministry who are doing the consultation on the proposed changes to the rental law.

Fill in this survey at the Renters United Submission Page

With the Renters United submission, you can choose what you fill in:
You can choose to write a story about your renting experience.
You can also just answer the submission questions on particular issues you have experienced when renting your home, or your suggestions for changes.
You can also fill in both, if you first write your renting story and then answer the issue questions.

Write Your Own Submission
Email it to RTAreform@mbie.govt.nz
Post it to Residential Tenancies Act Reform, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, PO Box 82, Wellington 6140

Complete the Government Submission Online
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s survey is at the Residential Tenancies Act Reform Submission Page

With the Ministry’s submission, which in total is 94 questions, you can choose what you fill in:
You can choose the sections, which are on rental topics, you want to answer.
Within each chosen section, you choose what questions you want to answer.

Please Note
The government may publish your submission online, unless you say not to in your submission. Submissions could also be obtained through Official Information Act requests. When you are answering questions and telling your story, we suggest you do not include identifying details such as names and addresses in your submission.

To find out what will happen with your information, go to page 4 of the Residential Tenancies Act Reform Discussion Document

More Information
For a summary of the suggested changes to rental law, go to the Residential Tenancies Act Reform Summary Document
For more detailed information on the proposed reforms, go to the Residential Tenancies Act Reform Discussion Document

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