Robbo goes full Muldoon and threatens landlords

Grant Robertson has gone full Muldoon, threatening landlords and promising to name and shame them over rent increases.

Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson says he will make an example of any landlords found to be illegally raising their rents to exploit students.

From 1 January, the cap on student allowance and living cost loans rose by $50, a Labour election campaign promise.

Since then some students have complained of landlords raising rents to an unreasonable level in response.

Rental prices in Wellington for December were up $30 on October’s figures, according to Trade Me numbers.

Its Property Rental Index showed the median price had risen from $450 to $480 since October, peaking back up to match the record set last January.

Overall the city’s rental prices rose 6.7 percent in the year, compared to 2.2 percent nationally.

Mr Robertson invited students to get in touch if they believed a landlord was raising rents illegally, and within 10 hours, he said, he had received dozens of reports.

“There are rules in the residential tenancies act about not putting rent up above the market rate, and we are looking very closely at some of the examples that have been put to us today to see if they would breach that act.”

A government minister inciting people to dob in other people…hmmm…where have we heard that before?

Though I’m not sure you can take anyone seriously who wears a captain’s hat with a checked shirt to the cricket.

Labour and Robbo only have themselves to blame. They’ve attacked landlords mercilessly, brought in a pseudo-capital gains tax, their Labour mayor in Wellington introduced rental WOFs, and they introduced demand side pressure without fixing the supply side first.

It is a bit rich blaming the landlords, they are only reacting to market forces, and issues created by Robbo’s mob in the first place.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.