Celia Wade-Brown will tomorrow announce plans for a rental warrant of fitness scheme alongside the President of Victoria’s students’ association.
Following closely behind the Otago University Students’ Association and the Dunedin City Council’s Mayor Dave Cull groundbreaking efforts, the Association is expecting over 100 students to be present at the announcement detailing the partnership between the Office of the Mayor and the Association that will develop a local bill empowering Wellington City Council to set minimum standards for rental accommodation in the jurisdiction, often called a ‘Rental Warrants of Fitness’.
Local Member of Parliament Grant Robertson has signaled he will take the bill up from the Wellington City Council once it has been fully drafted.
Salient note that:
The Bill’s success may also depend on the outcome of October’s mayoral election. While current Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is supportive of the idea, there is no guarantee a new mayor would be, should Wade-Brown fail to be re-elected. However, the Bill’s success is not entirely dependent on the views of the Mayor, as the Council votes as a whole. VUWSA has talked to “most councillors”, according to McCourt, “most” of whom are in support of the Bill and suggest a majority will be reached on Council. Councillor and leading mayoral candidate John Morrison did not return Salient’s calls.
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The announcement will also feature student stories highlighting the social and economic costs of poor quality housing. University of Otago housing and health researcher Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, a lead proponent of the concept will also be on hand to discus the issue and the impact it has on the city.
We’ll have more on this in the coming days.