Hey Jacinda, what do you think about the morals of these tenants?

Fixing the rental property could cost its owner upwards of $100,000.

Jacinda Ardern saw fit to lecture Wellington landlords on their morals in response to the rent increases in the city due to increased demand caused by her government’s policies. I wonder what she thinks about the morals of the tenants who caused potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to this Christchurch landlord’s property?

[…] Plywood and flattened Double Brown beer boxes cover?the broken windows of the east Christchurch home, which also has?holes in the walls and an empty space where the hot water cylinder was stolen from.

[…] “They managed to have a home-wrecking party. The f?ing place is full of s?, it’s unbelievable,” he said.

“We took away one-and-a-half tonnes of rubbish and that’s only [on Sunday], and we’ve got probably twice that again to go.”

[…] The owner said a woman with custody of her three grandchildren, two boys aged 11 and 17, had lived in the property for about seven years.

An advocate for the homeowner, who also did not want to be named, said the children?who lived there were responsible for smashing more than 100 windows in the area, stealing a cash register, shoplifting from?nearby shops, vandalism, harassing elderly people, assault and setting fires.

He believed the police and Oranga Tamariki ? which is working with the family?? were doing what they could, but neither had the resources to deal with such issues.

“What’s wrong with the system? . . .?I think they could’ve done a little bit better, but what resources do they have?

“The biggest issue is that society needs to get involved with kids like that before they become those kids.

“The earlier children like this have a secure loving environment then the better for them and us.”

The owner?purchased the Christchurch home as a rental property about 15 years ago and “we’ve had nothing but bad tenants”, he said.

“But this one’s the worst.”

He had rented the property to a painting contractor who moved a team to Christchurch to work on the rebuild, about seven years ago.

The owner said rent stopped being paid and when he visited the property to find out why, he found a woman living there with her daughter and three grandchildren. The contractor had been illegally subletting the property to the family.

“I looked at the three kids …?we said ‘alright, give us the bond and don’t pay him any more money, that’d be right and you’ll be right’.”

Sounds like a pretty moral and decent landlord to me. I would have evicted the family immediately after I discovered the illegal subletting.

Ardern’s government should be supporting, protecting and incentivising landlords who provide housing to tenants like these. Tenants who struggle to find housing often struggle because they have a history of not paying their rent and damaging the properties they live in. With so many landlords leaving the market due to the new government’s policy changes, the only landlord willing to take the risk of housing these kinds of feral tenants will be the State and those new State houses are still a long way away. The private landlords can help the State provide housing but they are not going to do it for moral reasons. This landlord took pity on the children and look where it got him: hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.