The United Nations says New Zealand has to step up its game when it comes to affordable housing - but that's just the top of a long list of q problems we're facing.
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights nee calling for the Government to "redouble its efforts back page transsexual regulate the private housing market, including by controlling rent increases" and beefing up new Zealand needs a real person heating and insulation standards in rental properties.
The demands are made in its latest report, and has the backing of New Zealand's Human Rights Commission. It is a human right," said chief commissioner David Rutherford.
Mr Rutherford says there needs to be a cross-party consensus on a housing strategy, rather than each Government doing its own thing, in response to what the previous one did. A Government-commissioned report in found for every homeless person who successfully applied for temporary emergency housing, "eight or nine were turned away", new Zealand needs a real person Human Rights Commission said in its submission to the UN committee.
Between March and June the Government increased its funding of emergency housing to meet high demand. This included funding temporary accommodation in motel units due to a lack of available emergency housing.
The Human Rights Commission also wants the Residential Tenancies Act changed to give tenants more security, including "particular responsibilities on landlords towards tenants with children, or vulnerable adults".
People in social housing tend to have more stable tenancies than those renting privately, the report notes, partly because the law currently allows "termination of tenancy without reason" and no "standalone provision that affirms any minimum right to security of tenure for tenants".