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Insulation only half the answer to damp housing problems - CHA

The new regulation framework proposed by Government for rental properties is better than the status quo but does not go far enough, says Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA), the peak body for the community housing sector.

Real estate figures 'reinforce busy winter'

"Once upon time winter was the off-season for real estate, but not any more particularly in Auckland," says Geoff Barnett - National Manager, Century 21 New Zealand.

Housing WOF: 'Too little action'

Yesterday the government announced they would not be implementing the debated Warrant of Fitness (WOF) for rental homes, instead announcing a ‘watered-down’ version, with all rental properties requiring smoke alarms to be installed by July next year and to be insulated by July 2019.

Property Institute disappointed by changes to tenancy laws

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, says that the Government has missed a chance to enact ‘meaningful’ changes in a suite of new measures targeted at Landlords.

Wellington Mayor welcomes first moves to improve rental housing

People living in sub-standard houses will benefit from new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in rental accommodation, says Wellington Mayor Celia-Wade Brown who welcomed the move as a positive step forward.

Tenancy law changes to include insulation and smoke alarm requirements

The Residential Tenancies Act is to be strengthened with new requirements for insulation, smoke alarms, better enforcement and faster resolution of abandoned tenancies, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

Alternative housing insights released

Over 98,000 people lived in alternative forms of private housing or communal (non-private) dwellings in New Zealand in 2013, according to new 2013 Census analysis released today by Statistics New Zealand. This was 2.3 percent of the population.

Auckland housing market similar to Sydney - report

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released the latest edition of the New Zealand Housing and Construction Quarterly today. This quarter’s report looks at how the Auckland housing market resembles international cities more than cities closer to home.

Mould and damp 'driving people from homes'

A nationwide survey has revealed more than a quarter of New Zealanders have moved out of a house because it was cold, damp and mouldy.

$74,000 quarterly rise shows crisis out of control - Twyford

New figures out today showing Auckland house prices have spiked by a massive $74,000 in the past quarter is further evidence the city’s housing crisis has spiralled out of control, says Labour’s Phil Twyford.