Govt nixes apartment reform

The Herald reports:

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has rejected calls from National MPs Judith Collins and Nikki Kaye to immediately beef up the law in $50 billion apartment sector.

Twyford thanked Collins and Kaye for their draft bill to amend the Unit Titles Act but said much more work was needed and he would not be taking the proposal forward at this point, although reform was planned “in due course” when priorities and resources allowed.

“I appreciate your approach to work together on this issue,” he said. But the Government had other housing priorities right now, making residences healthier and creating the new Urban Development Authority.

That’s a pity. I was hopeful there could be bipartisan progress on this issue.

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