Published 6 December 2006
Building Issues Minister Clayton Cosgrove has announced a package of reforms for the 1972 Unit Titles Act & 1986 Residential Tenancies Act.
The reforms aim to ensure a fairer rental market and establish a broader & more adaptable framework for multi-unit living through a complete revamp of the Unit Titles Act.The proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act include:
limiting the liability of tenants for damage they didn’t cause and could not reasonably have prevented
extending the coverage of the act and access to tenancy dispute resolution services to sectors of the community not currently protected.
But Mr Cosgrove said landlords wouldn’t lose out: “They will be getting more damages from the people most at fault, rather than from innocent tenants who have done no damage.”He said extending access to tenancy dispute resolution services was another step in creating a fairer rental market: “Everyone who rents – tenants & landlords alike – should have the same support when sorting out tenancy problems. Tenancies in retirement villages, boarding houses & other tenancies with a high service component such as supported living have been brought into the legislation to ensure a fair go for all. The aim is to deliver fast, fair & inexpensive dispute resolution.”The Residential Tenancies Act come on top of another package Mr Cosgrove announced in September. Key principles of the proposed new legislation on multi-unit properties include:
clarity around the rights & obligations of unit owners & bodies corporate
encouraging sound property management practices that will protect long-term value & investments
making joint decision-making by the body corporate easier
effective ways to sort out problems
making information more readily available to purchasers & unit owners so they can make informed choices
making survey & title processes more streamlined for surveyors & developers
allowing large, staged or complex developments to be set up & managed more easily.
The minister expects to introduce 2 separate bills into Parliament next year.
Auckland Regional Council regional strategy & planning committee chairman Paul Walbran said the proposed reforms could be further strengthened so the legislation recognises the differences between the different unit titles (residential, commercial, industrial, holiday accommodation, mixed activities) because they all had different issues & needs.Want to comment? Click on The new BD Central Forum or email [email protected].
Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.