A bill to protect tenants from being evicted for not paying rent, and to allow them to sue landlords for eviction has been introduced in New Zealand.
The bill has been named after a Tenement tenants’ rights act, and is the latest attempt to stop landlords from taking advantage of the tenants’ protections.
It would allow tenants to bring suits against landlords if they are unable to pay rent, as well as a landlord’s rights to evict a tenant for breach of the tenancy agreement.
It is a big step forward in tackling evictions in New England, which is one of the poorest areas in the world.
The TenementTenants’Real Estate Rights Act, Bill C-36, was introduced in March 2015 and has been endorsed by the Government.
The Act aims to prevent evictions for failing to pay property taxes, rent or repairs.
It also protects tenants from landlords who use the Tenant Tenancies Act to evict tenants who are not paying the rent, or who are under contract to a non-paying tenant.
Landlords and landlords have been using the law to evict and evict tenants in New South Wales since 2013, when a tenant in a building in Sydney was evicted after failing to make a rent payment.
This was the first time New South Welsh law recognised tenants could sue landlords.
New South Wales was the only state in the country to recognise the Tenent Tenancies Rights Act.
Tenants in Tenement Real Estate Rights Acts (tenancies) law, which are the core elements of Tenementtenancies, allow tenants a claim for eviction for failure to pay their rent, failing to keep their property clean and in good repair, failing or refusing to keep or make a lease or lease modification, and for breach by a landlord of any of the Tenants Rights Act or the Tenents Real Estate Tenancies (Tenancies) Act.
The Government says the bill would protect tenants’ real property rights.
“Tenants are entitled to be assured that a tenancy is valid and secure and that they are entitled not to be evicted from their home for any reason, whether it is because they do not pay their property tax or because they have not paid rent on time,” a spokesperson for New Southwales Minister for Civilian Affairs, Anthony Roberts, said in a statement.
The Minister said the bill was “not intended to discriminate between tenants and landlords”.
Tenants Rights and Landlord Rights ActBill C-35, passed in 2015, is still in the final stages of Parliament.
It has been tabled in Parliament, but it is likely to be defeated by Labor, which has pledged to reintroduce it if elected.
“The Tenenttenancies Act is the key piece of legislation that underpinned the introduction of the Landlord and Tenant Act in 2014,” a spokesman for New Zealand’s Tenants Union, Paul Gee, said.
“We are delighted to see that Bill C 35 has been passed into law, it is another important piece of civil rights legislation to ensure that all tenants are treated equally and have a fair chance of securing a fair home.”
Bill C35 was introduced as part of the Neighbourhood Development Act and was meant to give tenants the right to seek rent and security deposits.
“It would also provide an independent review of the Residential Tenancies and Landlords Act,” the spokesman said.
Tenents Rights and Tenancy and Property Rights Act is currently before Parliament.
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