Auckland housing derp

Every economist, at one time or another, has been driven to desperate measures by a lack of data. But few economists have gone as badly wrong as whoever did the Labour party’s most recent “research” on Auckland house sales data.
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How can we ensure quality rental housing?

Yesterday we heard that the Government plans to sell off some of its state houses. This morning’s news included this piece about substandard rental housing in Cannon’s Creek.

The article raises again the idea of a “warrant of fitness” for rental properties. The Cannon’s Creek advocate, Bill Hiku, is unconvinced, and I don’t blame him. Continue reading