......this time residential property managers will be bound by new rules
On learning of “a suite” of measures to improve the lives of renters and landlords, readers of the Beehive website should be wondering: so, who gets the fluffy end of this lollipop?
The measures were proudly announced by Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods, who said it represents more progress by the government on reform of the rental sector.
But someone somewhere has got to be a loser from this fresh initiative on the housing front, and the heading on Woods’ press statement gives a strong whiff of who the loser(s)will be:
Thus, RNZ reported:
Residential property managers will soon need to be registered, trained, and licensed under new rules unveiled this morning.
But the first announcement found by Point of Order, in our monitoring of the Beehive website, was from the singular Wood – Michael Wood, Minister of Transport –
Following discussions with vehicle importers, Wood said, the Government has confirmed the Clean Car Standard will be phased in from 1 December 2022.
The Clean Car Standard requires vehicle importers to progressively reduce the CO2 emissions of the light vehicles, both new and used, they bring into New Zealand. This is achieved by setting CO2 targets which get more ambitious year by year.
“This is a scheme aimed at importers, not the general public who will continue to benefit from the Clean Car Discount scheme, which is seeing record numbers of electric vehicles and hybrids being imported and bought by New Zealanders,” Wood said.
The Clean Car Standard is one of several initiatives in the Emissions Reduction Plan to reduce emissions and improve our health, our environment and our wellbeing, he said.
Buried in the statement is the news that legislation to enable the phased implementation will be passed this week.
The Clean Car Standard works by providing credits to importers for low or no emission vehicles and imposing charges depending on the CO2 ratings of the vehicles bought into the country.
High-emission vehicles will still be able to be imported but their emissions must be offset by the import of lower-emission ones. If vehicle importers do not import sufficient volumes of low emission vehicles to offset their high emission vehicles charges will apply.
The legislation for the Clean Car Standard was passed in February 2022. The regulations that set formulas for the weight adjustment of targets, specify the types of vehicles excluded and other details related to CO2 accounts can be found here:
The Clean Car Standard covers most light vehicles being imported into New Zealand, except for mopeds or motorcycles which have been excluded.
More information on the Clean Car Standard can be found here:
- 1 December 2022 – all vehicle importers must hold a CO2 account, where the CO2 emission ratings of their vehicles will be recorded. Without this information, vehicles will not be able to complete entry to New Zealand and be registered.
- 1 January 2023 – the CO2 emission ratings of vehicles start to count towards the achievement of the CO2 targets. For vehicle importers complying on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, each vehicle will incur a charge, or a credit, based on its CO2 emissions. Credits can be used to offset charges or be transferred to other importers.
- 1 June 2023 – charges to be paid and credits can be transferred from this date.
And now, let’s check out what Woods plural – Megan Woods – has been doing.
Yep, her announcement is headed –
The announcement is that Government
- will regulate residential property managers so they are registered, trained and licensed, and
- complaints and disciplinary matters will be dealt with through a new regulatory framework.
Cabinet has agreed the Real Estate Authority will be the regulator and that the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal will have an expanded role as Disciplinary Tribunal for residential property management-related complaints.
But hey – didn’t that meth thing get mentioned in the headline?
Indeed. Woods says the government will consult the public before making binding rules on what an acceptable maximum allowable level of methamphetamine residue is, at what levels those homes need to be decontaminated to, and when tenancies can be terminated due to high levels of residue.
“Currently there are two levels used – neither of which are legally binding – which create uncertainty for landlords and tenants,” Megan Woods said.
“We have proposals that are informed by science, on screening, testing, and decontamination, with clear obligations for landlords.”
A maximum acceptable level of surface methamphetamine residue is proposed to be set at 15 micrograms per 100 square centimetres, which is also the level which a property needs to be decontaminated back to, or below.
Once relevant regulations are in place, landlords will not be able to knowingly rent out premises that are contaminated above the prescribed levels (as set out in the regulations), without decontaminating in accordance with the regulations. They will be liable for a financial penalty of up to $4,000 if they do so.
Detail on the proposed Methamphetamine regulations and an opportunity to submit feedback can be found on the Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website. Feedback is welcome up to 5pm, Friday February 20, 2023.
Another part of the announcement is that the government is giving private landlords, Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, and Community Housing Providers more time to comply with the healthy-homes standards.
Legislation was to be introduced in the House yesterday and passed under urgency before the end of the Parliamentary year, “to ensure certainty for landlords”.
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