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WEEKLY ROUNDUP April 8th to April 14th

 

WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS WEEK: 

Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill

1986 - the date that 'homosexual offences' were decriminalised by the Homosexual Law Reform Act. While this decriminalised homosexuality, the charges remained on people's criminal records. This bill allows men convicted of specific decriminalised homosexual offences to apply to have the convictions wiped from their criminal record.

 

Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amendment Bill

The death of a whanau member is a difficult time. After the Inquiry into whanau access and management of tupapaku (the body) in 2016, this bill aims to improve cultural considerations in the coronial system. The difficulty of seeing a whanau member soon after death has occurred and staying overnight with the body were identified as issues to be addressed.

 

Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill

Q1: Who gains $$$ from renting out a property? 

Q2: Who gets to cover the administrative costs of listing and advertising a rental property, conducting open homes, and vetting prospective tenants at the beginning of a tenancy?

Funnily enough, not the same person. 

Until now, landlords could charge tenants a letting fee to cover all of the above costs, allowing tenants to bear the costs associated with letting a rental property, despite the benefit ultimately rests with the landlord.  This Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the principal Act) to prohibit the charging of a letting fee, or any other fee charged to a tenant for these costs. Tell them what you think about it above!