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TPA Members Newsletter for April 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: tpa1 With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, housing

Four months into the new year....

April is the gateway to the colder winter weather and the end of daylight saving. This is the time tenants realise the house they rented in summer is actually cold and damp as the warmer days disappear. New insulation rules for private tenancies won’t be enforceable until July 2019 but we are encouraging tenants and landlords to insulate now.

TPA will be looking closely at the Housing Policies being promoted by the various political parties in the run up to the general election. Issues of concern include the continuation of the 90 days notice to vacate without reason, the ability to rent out ‘as is where is’ substandard housing and the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock to a registered Community Housing Provider.

Updates on Issues of Interest

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have recently increased staff in their Compliance Unit. This has meant two compliance staff based in Christchurch to work with local compliance issues. Having compliance staff at a local level will certainly send a message to landlords, who are displaying bad practice, that it is a matter of time before they will be investigated.

Fundraising at TPA Playhouse Challenge

We are very excited by our first fundraising event for this year. TPA and Birthright Canterbury have combined to bring you the Playhouse Challenge.

We have approached a number of builders and architects and three have agreed to build us a playhouse. However they are not any playhouse, we have asked those involved to “think outside the box” and they have designed some amazing playhouses. These will be on display at the Star Home and Leisure Show on the weekend 30th June to 2nd July. They will be auctioned on Saturday 1st July 2017.

Keep an eye on what is happening with this wonderful fundraising event:

If you know anyone who wants a playhouse for their children, that will be the envy of the neighbourhood please let them know about this event.

Outreach Services from TPA

We have increased our outreach rental clinics. In addition to being at Work and Income Offices in Linwood Community Link on a Thursday morning and New Brighton Work and Income once a fortnight on a Tuesday, we are also at ACTIS Aranui and Shirley Work and Income fortnightly.

Ring TPA to find out the dates and times we are at these additional locations. It can make it easier if your clients can call into their local Work and Income or community hub and see us - saves the journey into town. We would appreciate it if people rang for an appointment but drop-ins are ok if they are prepared to wait, although if we are busy we may have to make an appointment for them on another day.

New Staff Member at TPA

We are delighted to welcome a new staff member Hannah to the organisation. Hannah will be working alongside Niki with the Supporting Vulnerable Tenancies Project and Outreach.

Become a donor and supprt TPA

Have you ever considered becoming a donor and supporting TPA? As little as $2 per week makes an incredible difference to the organisation.

Get information on how to donate to TPA.

You will also find a link to our “Give a Little” page—which makes donating an easy process. We are being called upon more and more to create our own funding and your help would be appreciated. We are one of the very few areas in the country which have a Tenant Advocacy Service.

Free Education Workshops

As a member of TPA you are entitled to a free tenancy workshop. This may be around tenancy generally or it may involve working with a particular tenancy issue you encounter in your organisation. We are happy to tailor this session to meet your organisational need.

Contact Lisa Coulter if you want to organise this workshop to be provided to your client base (education[at]tpa.org.nz).

Membership Fees

Post earthquake we waived the membership fee. We are now reintroducing the fee. We will try to keep it at a nominal rate to cover the costs of administration. The fee is $25 for organisations, $20 for waged. We ask for a donation from unwaged pensioners and beneficiaries.

However your ability to pay does not limit your opportunity to become a member. Feel free to talk to us about this.


Tenants Protection Agency logo.Keeping that roof over your head.

Tenants Protection Association (Christchurch)
Phone: 03 379 2297
Email: info[at]tpa.org.nz

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