Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick wants WOF on rentals ' they deserve to live in healthy homes'

The AM Show 21/07/2021

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick claims that the introduction of a rental property WOF will relieve potential conflict between renters and landlords by making sure that rentals are up-to-standard before tennants move in.

The University of Otago has proposed a warrant to ensure rental properties are safe and warm which could cost landlords up to $150-$250. The warrants would need to be renewed every three years.

The Green Party's petition for a Working Order for rentals has gathered over 7800 signatures. The party argues that a WOF for rentals would allow people to hold their landlords to account, while also protecting landlords with certified properties.

"Renters currently have the onus on them to go to the Tenancy Tribunal and drag their landlord or property manager through that process to enforce those Healthy Homes Standards. A WOF would front-load any of that potential stress and say, 'hey, we've given this a license, it's good to go"  Chloe told The AM Show this morning.