Candidate Ted Johnston answers Renters United’s questions

September 17, 2022 11:00 pm


Ted Johnston



Likely to make little difference for renters

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Renters United asked every Mayoral candidate in Auckland 17 questions about the issues that most concern renters in their ward. Here are Ted Johnston’s¬†responses in full.

Rapid fire questions

Are you a renter? Yes
Do you own any properties? No
Do you support the Renters United Healthy Homes Commitment? No
Do you commit to funding tenant advocacy? Yes
Do you support councils retaining ownership an expanding supply of council housing? Yes
Will you lobby for IRRS to be extended to councils? No answer provided
Do you commit to densifying inner city suburbs? No
Will you commit to using your platform to abolish the ratepayers roll? No

Stable homes

What actions would you take to improve stability and security for private renters?

license landlord, and require minimum conditions.Agree with the stated stable homes comment.

How will you ensure all council tenants have security of tenure?

Passing bylaws and rules in council to do so.

What steps will you take to end homelessness in Auckland?

Build shelters and work with social services.

Meaningful enforcement

If elected, would you take steps to tackle persistent bad landlords who do not meet their obligations to renters in your area? If so, what?

License landlords, for quality control. Agree with the meaningful enforcement statement.

What do you think Council should do to address power imbalance between landlords and tenants? If nothing, why?

License landlords.

Fair rent

Would you advocate for additional powers or resources from Central Government to address the housing crisis (such as legislating for Rent Control), if so what and how?

will consider this.agree with the fair rent statement.

What do you think are the main reasons rents in Auckland are increasing? How would you ensure rents in Auckland are affordable?

empty houses, excessive prices, insufficient tax on speculation. .

Safe and healthy homes

What actions (in contrast to or in conjunction with our Healthy Homes Commitment) would you take to improve the quality of private rental housing in your ward and in your city?

license landlords. Agree with the safe & healthy homes statement.

Anything else you want to share?

Renting should be a choice , not out of need. Ensure to massively increase houses being built and ease of doing so. Not sue developers to prevent them developing like the Council has done in Drury.

Ted Johnston



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