Jason Beca has found himself at war with his Raumati landlords.
Jason Beca raised a family in this Kāpiti Coast bungalow and it was one of those children that took the landlord’s knock on the door: their house may be getting sold.
The saga of Rosetta Rd, Raumati, home is a classic he-said-she-said: The landlord says she has bent over backwards to accommodate Beca and his family over the years. Beca says important repair works hadn’t been done in a decade and claims landlord Lynda Whyman had promised she would not kick them out.
There are two facts both can agree on.
Firstly, Whyman did arrive at the house when just Beca’s 18-year-old son was home and asked him to tell his parents that she wanted to get a real estate agent to assess the property for possible sale.
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And secondly, the reason Whyman is considering selling up are the new Government rental rules aimed squarely at property investors like her.
“The Government has decided they don’t want landlords,” Whyman said on Monday.
In March, the Government announced new measures new measures aimed at curbing rampant house prices, including a 39 per cent tax on property sold within 10 years, up from five years, and scrapping tax write-offs, specifically on interest, that had financially benefited landlords.
Housing Minister Megan Woods said the Government was not yet seeing evidence of landlords selling up in response to changes, most of which hadn’t yet come into effect and would largely be phased in over the next four years. The Government had also done a lot to help renters, she said.
Wellington Property Investors’ Association president Peter Ambrose said it was too early to know how landlord would respond when the changes came into effect, but he wasn’t expecting a “mass exodus”. However, some landlords tenanting properties at below market rate could consider selling up or hiking rent.
Beca –a KiwiBank New Zealander of the year local hero in 2011 – has had a rough couple of years after a kidney stone operation left him with a shard lodged in his kidney tube.
He has lived at the house for most of the past 20 years and had been there solidly since 2010. His twin children – now both 18-years-old – grew up in the house.
He alleged that Whyman had told him the house would be a “forever home” and there was a list of repair works that remained undone. He has a list filling two A4 pages.
But Whyman said she only heard of these problems three days earlier. She said she hadn’t put up the rent since Beca and his family moved back in a decade ago and had fixed…