There is a strange thing happening in the outlets of the Media Party, but in particular a certain newspaper.
This morning I highlighted a bludger who didn’t pay her car loan, and the newspaper thinks that it is immoral for a loan company to expect payment.
In today’s newspaper there is a story about a landlord who has the temerity to have 37 properties…and some womble do-gooder thinks he can afford to be more helpful towards his ratbag tenants.
Don’t be too kind to your tenants, warns Auckland landlord Ron Goodwin, 74, who has 37 properties in the city and the Waikato generating $14,500 a week in rent.
Tenants have taken advantage of the investor – who estimates the value of his property portfolio is about $18 million – on rent negotiations, rubbish clearing responsibilities and even childcare, he complains.
“The kinder a landlord is to a tenant, the worse the tenant treats the landlord. Some tenants go to great lengths to become friends with their landlord, then come up with all manner of hard-luck stories and expect their landlord friend to help them out financially by letting them off paying their rent,” Mr Goodwin claims.
But the Rev Mark Beale, who runs a church housing trust which has accommodated up to 20 families, said the landlord had more than enough earthly riches, so could be far more charitable than that.
Kindness is what tenants need, he stressed.
“He’s a multimillionaire who can afford to help people. He can afford for them to take advantage of him. People are not treating houses as homes any more but as money-making ventures,” Mr Beale said.
The vicar had some more direct advice for Mr Goodwin: “You won’t find happiness in money. Jesus said ‘shake the dust off your feet’. If you have a situation that goes wrong, you shake the dust off your feet and trust the next tenant.”