Briefing paper

Inquiry into boarding houses in New Zealand, and briefing into long-term caravan park and motor camp accommodation.

6 Aug 2014
Description

Details the key issues relating to boarding house accommodation in New Zealand, and surveys the existing legislative and regulatory frameworks relating to boarding houses and similar types of residential accommodation.

Introduction

In February 2011 the Social Services Committee of the 49th Parliament received a briefing on homelessness in New Zealand from the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness. The committee resolved to inquire further into one aspect of homelessness, the use of boarding-house accommodation.

In 2010, the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2010 was enacted. It extended the coverage of the principal Act to boarding-house tenancies, and introduced a number of rights and obligations for landlords and tenants of boarding houses. In this context, the terms of reference for inquiry were:

  •   to consider the legislative and regulatory frameworks that applied to boarding houses
  •  to determine whether the current frameworks provided adequate protection to vulnerable tenants.

The committee received 22 submissions from professional and non-governmental organisations, service providers, landlords, and individuals, and considered advice from the Department of Building and Housing,1 the Department of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of Health.

On 30 September 2011, an interim report was made to the House stating that because of the pending dissolution of the 49th Parliament there was no time to consider and make appropriate recommendations on the key issues: the minimum building and health and safety standards for such accommodation, the monitoring and enforcement of compliance by central and local governments, and the provision of information and education for landlords and tenants. The report encouraged this committee “to reinstate this as an item of business, and give the subject further consideration”.

We reinstated the inquiry at the start of this Parliament. We received advice from the Department of Building and Housing, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Department of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of Health.

This report details the key issues relating to boarding house accommodation in New Zealand, and surveys the existing legislative and regulatory frameworks relating to boarding houses and similar types of residential accommodation.

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