Housing affordability not so bad Demographia's latest survey of housing affordability paints a depressing picture for New Zealand. But is it as bad as Deographia make it out to be?
21-01-2014 more >>
NZPIF: WOFs not the best approach Rental property warrants of fitness arenâ€™t necessary, the New Zealand Property Investors Federation says. It was yesterday revealed that a trial of WOFs for rental properties â€“ both private and council-owned â€“ will start across the country in January. Councils said there were concerns that the housing stock was substandard and contributing to poor health. 18-12-2013 more >>
Focus on insulation and heating rentals, not WOF A University of Otago study by medical students looked at 106 children admitted to Wellington hospital over winter. It found that the main cause for admission, 38%, was due to the effects of inhalation of second hand smoke.Other reasons were dampness (30%), mould (24%) and overcrowding (21%) in the home. The authors say that these findings support the need for a warrant of fitness on rental properties.
14-12-2013 more >>
Warm houses key to child health. Childrenâ€™s Commissioner, Dr Wills, reports today that, over the last 12 years, the biggest increases in child hospitalisations with poverty-related illnesses have been in asthma and bronchiolitis. He has said that living in crowded, cold and damp houses is what matters.
10-12-2013 more >>
Property speculators are not property investors Curbing property investment is a Dominion Post readerâ€™s solution to New Zealandâ€™s current housing crisis. However, this solution demonstrates confusion between property speculators and property investors.
25-11-2013 more >>
Rent increases bad news for all â€œThe impact of rent increases low income groups in Auckland is not good for anyoneâ€, said Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investorsâ€™ Federation, in response to a Salvation Armyâ€™ report by social policy analyst Alan Johnson.
16-11-2013 more >>